Cool talk alert: ‘The Science of Cooperation’ at Genspace

Gut microbes, ant colonies, all the good stuff.

There are 10 bacteria cells for every human cell in our bodies (bacteria is smaller). (Photo courtesy of Genspace)

Both our social and natural worlds are built on immense cooperation. Whether it’s the driver in the car perpendicular to you stopping at the red light or the bacteria in our gut helping us digest our food and do who knows what else.

“Yet, the evolution of cooperation has mystified scientists for over a century and here we’ll hear why this remained such a burning question for so long and how we are now starting to answer it,” says an invite for Genspace’s talk, The Science of Cooperation.

It’s this Monday night at 7 p.m. and the cost is totally free. Genspace, a community biolab, is located in Downtown Brooklyn.

Speaking will be Dr. Aniek Ivens, of Rockefeller University in NYC. Her work focuses on cooperation, “be it between ants in a colony or between different organisms, such as between us and the bacteria in our gut,” reads the event invite. “In her research, Aniek studies how such examples of cooperation evolved to be what they are today and how they have shaped life on Earth as we know it, including ourselves.”

Companies: Genspace
Series: Brooklyn

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