22-25 July 2021 Jodrell Bank Observatory

Investigating the Invisible – Genetics, Structure and Viruses

At the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, our aim is to extend our understanding of genetics and the structure of molecular biology in order to gain a clearer insight into mechanisms of health and disease.

We have a number of well-tested hands on activities we can use – from a card game that demonstrates how your genes affect your susceptibility to Malaria; to make-and-take activities like pipe-cleaner DNA or DNA bracelets; or a giant bag of ‘DNA Wool’ where young people have to hunt for the breaks. Our microscope will allow people to try and sketch what they see (a skill we use all the time in biology), and we have a whole bunch of stuff that looks at the structure of different small structures in our body, and how that affects our health, for example rattle boxes containing 3D printed virus parts that will self-assemble when shaken _just_ the right amount.

Days

Friday 2017, Saturday 2017, Sunday 2017