Les Rendez-vous du CNRS “Is Chemistry a Good, Nursing Mother? Or Does It Poison Us?”

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Event Date/Time: Dec 12, 2011 End Date/Time: Dec 12, 2011
Registration Date: Dec 10, 2011
Early Registration Date: Dec 12, 2011
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Many of us feel such an ambivalence. Pierre Laszlo’s answer to this dilemma is nuanced. Debris of plastic bags and of plastic bottles pollute the oceans. Hormono-mimetic chemicals affect both human health and biodiversity. How did this come about? What can we do to solve such problems? Consumerism is the main reason for proliferation of dangerous chemicals. Chemical science, on the other hand, not only is able to make carbon copies of any natural product. In addition, it comes up with novel molecules, not only as drugs, also as machines at the nanometer scale. It allies itself with biology to open up computational futures. The lecture will arbitrate between risks and benefits of a science, which remains too much underrated in public perception.