Columbia College Alumni Association


Event Details
  Cafe Columbia with Vincent Racaniello
  December 10, 2012 6:00 PM
  December 10, 2012 7:00 PM
  PicNic Cafe 
2665 Broadway (between 101st and 102nd), NYC 
Cafe Columbia is a series of informal discussions, led by Columbia University faculty, focused broadly on the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The discussions are held at the Picnic Market Cafe at 2665 Broadway (between 101st and 102nd Street).

Virologist Vincent Racaniello will discuss
Synthetic Virology: Why Do We Want To Create Viruses?

Virologists have been creating viruses from DNA since the 1980s. This ability, broadly known as synthetic biology, is great for research. But does synthetic virology have nefarious uses, and should we be more careful about where it is done and for what purposes? Racaniello will discuss the potentials and perils of synthetic viruses.

For more information, see
Vincent Racaniello, Ph. D.
Virology blog
This Week in Virology
Racaniello's virology course at Columbia

Space is limited; $10 cover (cash only) includes one drink
First Come, First Served
NO RSVP Necessary