Members and guests saw “Life” with Mark Owen Martin, associate professor of biology at the University of Puget Sound, on April 15 at Sundance Cinema. After the movie, we headed to Blue Moon Tavern to dissect the science.

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds, the film follows a six-member crew of the International Space Station that discovers what appears to be the first evidence of life on Mars. The¬†extraterrestrial sample “Calvin” doesn’t take kindly to being examined.

Martin is a “microbial supremacist” who studies the molecular genetics and ecology of bacterial predators.