Saturday 22 October 1pm The Beacon £7
If you could bring back just one animal from the past, what would you choose? It’s an exciting question. Science writer and former stem-cell biologist and comedian Dr Helen Pilcher will explain why when she entertains us with some hard-core popular science chatting about her book, Bring Back the King.
De-extinction, the ability to bring extinct species back to life, is fast becoming reality. DNA scientists around the world are busily engaged in trying to de-extinct a whole variety of species ranging from the woolly mammoth to a bizarre species of flatulent frog. Why are scientists bothering to do this? Helen explores the practicalities and the point of this remarkable research in a fun way we can all understand. And, she’ll consider the perfect de-extinction candidate…. Elvis, perhaps, recreated from the DNA inside a pickled wart? Or how about creating a pet dodo? Would Neanderthals enjoy opera?
Science with a sense of humour!
About the author
Helen Pilcher is a tea-drinking science and comedy writer. She was a stand-up comedian for ten years, performing at the Edinburgh comedy festival, London’s Comedy Store as well as in various smoky pubs and clubs across Britain. In 2002, she teamed up with fellow comedian Timandra Harkness to write and perform ‘The Comedy Research Project’.
Helen also has a PhD in Cell Biology from London’s Institute of Psychiatry. She has worked as a senior scientist for a biotechnology company, organised and run a Science in Society Programme at the Royal Society and worked as a journalist for Nature online. She now specializes in reporting on biology, medicine and quirky off-the-wall science, and her articles can be found in New Scientist and BBC Focus. Bring Back the King is published by Bloomsbury this September.
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