Author to visit natural history museum for talk on biotechnology, re-engineering animals

Mike Weiss, chair of the Department of Biochemistry and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History Health Advisory Board, will co-host author Emily Anthes, author of Frankenstein’s Cat: Biotechnology and the Re-engineering of Animals, as part of the museum’s Explorer Lecture Series.

Biotechnology has given us a whole new toolbox for tinkering with life, and we have the power to modify animals in profound new ways. Scientists have already created all sorts of strange creatures, including glow-in-the-dark monkeys, cloned cats, bionic dogs and cyborg beetles. In this talk, Anthes takes us from petri dish to pet store as she explores how and why scientists are re-engineering animals and the ethical implications of our new scientific superpowers.

The campus community is invited to the event, which will take place Friday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. There will be a pre-lecture cocktail reception for medical professionals and faculty from the School of Medicine, hosted by the advisory board. A book signing will follow the event.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for members and $5 for students. Purchase them at, by phone at 216.231.1117 or at the door.