Marine Biological Laboratory Friday Evening Lecture : "A Short History of Metabolism, From the Age of Industry to the Epigenetic Present"
E.B. Wilson History and Philosophy of Science Lecture
“A Short History of Metabolism, From the Age of Industry to the Epigenetic Present”
Hannah Landecker, University of California, Los Angeles
The concept of metabolism came into life science in the mid-nineteenth century, and even now bears the imprint of its origins in an era of factory production and the harnessing of chemical reactions in the service of human industry. Today, intensive research into metabolic disorders and cancer metabolism is making us rethink this classic concept. This talk compares past and present, first by exploring the history of metabolism beginning in 1839 with Theodor Schwann’s writings on cell theory, and then tracing the subsequent rise and separation of the gene and the calorie in the twentieth century. Finally, we will explore how this historical perspective can inform our understanding of the scientific and social significance of recent developments in chromatin biology and the science of the microbiome emerging in the pursuit of metabolic health.
Lectures are free and open to the public.
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Date : Friday June 30th 2017 at 8:00pm
Location: Lillie Auditorium 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole MA, 02543