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Outreach activity – Extracting DNA from kiwi fruit

Posted by on December 20th, 2013

DNA extraction from fruit is an easy experiment that makes a great demonstration for kids’ science fairs. I ran a DNA extraction stall at Oxford’s Wow!How? family science fair a few years back. Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos at the time but I had a lot of fun this weekend recreating the experiment in […]
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Molecular Genetics in the age of information overload

Posted by on December 18th, 2013

Those of us who are of a certain age can remember standing overwhelmed at the video store, agonizing over which movie to rent. Of course today video stores in the US have been pushed to the brink of extinction by delivery and on-demand services like Netflix, who, ironically, have far more movies to offer. In […]
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iPad App Explores Fetal Development

Posted by on December 18th, 2013

  The Science Picture Company has launched an iPad app that explores pregnancy from a new perspective, Life in the Womb. The app follows the embryological and fetal development through the 40 weeks of pregnancy using a combination of digital illustrations, animations and interactive 3D features. Although Life in the Womb is primarily targeted towards […]
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Making an Exhibition of your Science

Posted by on November 22nd, 2013

What is a science exhibition? These are publicly accessible exhibitions that hold stalls designed to communicate specific areas of science to a lay audience. They tend to vary in terms of their content and the groups of people they are intended to engage with but will usually involve a series of organised events and stalls […]
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Outreach activity- Using modified ping-pong balls to demonstrate early embryogenesis and embryonic stem cell activity

Posted by on November 22nd, 2013

  Why is this a good activity? It is often difficult to communicate how the organization of individual cells can affect later function, particularly with regard to early embryogenesis and the organization of embryonic stem cells. This activity allows a simple way of visualizing these processes to all age groups from any educational background. The […]
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Stem Cells & Regeneration: Development’s online home for stem cell research

Posted by on November 15th, 2013

Earlier this year, Development launched Stem Cells & Regeneration: a website dedicated to hosting all of the journal’s stem cell and regeneration content. This online home means that you can now receive email alerts that contain only the Stem Cells & Regeneration content from Development. So if this is your main interest, sign up for email alerts now. More […]
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Data mining with Manteia

Posted by on November 15th, 2013

Following the publication in Nucleic Acids Research of my new database that I developed in Olivier Pourquié’s lab, I would like to introduce you to Manteia http://manteia.igbmc.fr/. This database contains a lot of information (genomic, regulation, interaction, phenotype, disease etc …) for animal models (mouse, chicken, zebrafish) and man. These data are all formatted so […]
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I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here!

Posted by on October 25th, 2013

For those of you who haven’t heard of it before, ‘I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here!’ is an online event that aims to connect school children with real working scientists. In the two weeks over which the event runs, the students get to interact with scientists online and ask them anything they like […]
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Evo Devo Art

Posted by on October 21st, 2013

I make art that brings together music, animation, and performance to explore evolutionary and developmental biology themes. I aim to illuminate the magic of the biological world for a broad audience of scientists and non-scientists, young and old. In order to communicate science to the general public and fuel a sense of awe at the […]
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The European Learning Laboratory for the Life Sciences – Bridging the gap between science and schools

Posted by on October 17th, 2013

Research in the modern life sciences is moving forward at an enormous pace and is generating massive amounts of data and new insights into the molecular principles of life on Earth. More than ever it is important for science teachers to stay up-to-date and to refresh their knowledge continuously. They are an important professional group, […]
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