Science students from Cambridge University demonstrated their entry to the iGEM synthetic biology competition at the Department of Plant Sciences. The competition challenges students to build ‘genetically-engineered’ systems which can make a positive contribution to the world. The Cambridge entry is a low-cost, open source 3D-printed microscope which can be used in small laboratories around the world.
Our students were able to take part in complex practical work including programming, using 3D printers and trying out fluorescent microscopes. They also learned about the construction of microscopes and took a close look at fly ovaries and larvae.
Chris Childs, Head of Science and Geography at Long Road, says: “This was a superb opportunity for our students to experience university-level science first hand. We are very grateful to the team of undergraduates for organising such an engaging and challenging programme of workshops.”
Photo: Long Road students Katy Taylor (first left) and Stephen Snow (third left)