Is creation of life possible? Making life out of dead materials.

General description

The story goes that:

A God created the world in 6 days after that he had one day free.

Can we compete with this God by creating life in 20 hours and have free* time the remaining week?

* By free we mean: time to overload you with any Dutch stuff you like.

With biotechnology we can create tissues, artifical heart valves, clone some mouses, or make bacteria that produce insuline.

With Chemistry we can create DNA, proteins, energy.

But combining these fields to make real cells is at the moment impossible.

Visiting Amsterdam is a must, although creating live overthere works a little bit different. (@Red light district)

Academic information

Fields of activity:
Applied Sciences , Automotive Engineering , Biological/Biotechnical/Gene Engineering , Biology , Biomedical Engineering , Chemical Engineering , Chemistry/Chemical Technology , Computational Sciences , Computer Engineering , Computer Science/Automatic Control/Informatics , Electrical/Electromechanical Engineering , Electronic/Electrotechnical Engineering , Materials Engineering , Mechanical Engineering , Physics/Physics Engineering
Content and topics:
The most successful complex systems in the world are simple biological organisms like bacteria, which work on tight closed cycles of energy and nutrients with complex feedback cycles. Can we mimic these features in a lab?
Learning goals and objectives:
See how difficult it is to create something that lives out of dead material.
Examination type:
ECTS credits issued:
Not known yet

Information for applicants

Selection criteria:
Interested in biotechnology

Practical arrangements

All of the following are covered by the event fee:

Sleeping at place of organizers.
Three meals per day, at least one warm meal. Traditionally Dutch people eat twice a day sandwiches. Although we try not to be traditional.
bikes trains busses cars