The First Xenobiology Conference (XB1)
May 6th-8th 2014 – Genoa, Italy
Xenobiology (XB) is the endeavor to overcome the constraints imposed by evolution on natural living organisms. It is an emerging field in the context of synthetic biology, encompassing the design, generation and evolution of alternative forms of life.The foundational conference XB1 aims to gather scientists, engineers, designers, policy makers and other stakeholders to chart the paths toward an entirely novel biodiversity.
A major goal of the XB1 conference participants will be to assess how alternative life should be designed to reserve human health and the environment. With this in mind, sessions of XB1 will be devoted to plan experimental tasks for diversifying nucleic acid propagation, reprogramming proteins, expanding metabolism and assembling ecosystems de novo. The prospect of further diversifying the Earth’s biosphere challenges current worldviews and raises new ethical and philosophical issues while stimulating industrial innovation and artistic creativity.
The venue for the XB1 conference was chosen in the hope that Genoa’s illustrious citizen Christopher Columbus will inspire the exploration of yet unknown continents of life.