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"Science, Technology and the Next Human Species" with Juan Enriquez
"Science, Technology and the Next Human Species" with Juan Enriquez

On Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m., Nichols School will host a lecture from Juan Enriquez, a renowned genomics expert, recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on the economic and political impacts of life sciences. He recently co-moderated the TED2011 program with Bill Gates.

“Science, Technology and the Next Human Species”

Juan Enriquez, Managing Director, Excel Venture Management; Co-Founder, Synthetic Genomics Inc.; former Founding Director of the Harvard Business School Life Sciences Project; and a global best-selling author.
Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m.
Flickinger Performing Arts Center
Nichols School - 1250 Amherst St., Buffalo, NY 14216

There have been at least 25 prototype humans. We are but one more model, and there is no evidence evolution has stopped. So unless you think Rush Limbaugh and Howard Stern are the be all and end all of creation, and it just does not get any better, then one has to ask what is next? Juan Enriquez, one of the world’s most eminent science authors, researchers and entrepreneurs, answers this by taking you into a world where humans increasingly shape their environment, their own selves, and other species. It is a world where our bodies harbor 100 times more microbial cells than human cells, a place where a gene cocktail may allow many more to climb an 8,000 meter peak without oxygen, and where, given the right drug, one could have a 77 percent chance of becoming a centenarian. By the end you will see a broad, and sometimes scary, map of life science driven change. Not just our bodies will be altered but our core religious, government and social structures as humankind makes the transition to a new species, a Homo evolutis, which directly and deliberately controls its own evolution and that of many other species.

Reservations are not required and admission is free. For more information, please call 716.332.5151.

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