Bioscience LITE is a series of free twilight teacher training events hosted by the Babraham Institute and the Wellcome Genome Campus. These sessions will provide you with updates on contemporary bioscience, access to some of our scientific facilities and introduce you to resources that can be used in the classroom.
Genome sequencing technology is developing at an amazing pace. It is now faster and cheaper than ever before to sequence genomes, and this is transforming the face of biomedical science. In this session Kim Judge from the Wellcome Genome Campus and Gavin Kelsey from the Babraham Institute discuss the latest DNA sequencing technologies and how they are being applied in the biomedical field.
Keywords: genome, epigenetics, sequencing
Date: November 2018
Just a few years after its invention, CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing is already having a major impact on biomedical research, making it easy to silence genes one at a time to see what they do. While it can introduce specific mutations into genes to find out why they predispose people to diseases, the ability to alter the genome of any organisms on earth is a concern. Vicente Perez-Garcia, part of Myriam Hemberger's research group at the Babraham Institute, explains the principles of the technique and how he uses it in his research.
Keywords: Epigenetics, CRISPR-Cas9, gene editing
Date: October 2017
In the second session about CRISPR-Cas9 Fiona Behan, from the Wellcome Genome Campus, explains how she is using the technique to explore cancer drug discovery.
Keywords: CRISPR-Cas9, gene editing, Cancer, drug discovery
Date: October 2017
Animals in Research
In the session's first presentation John Meredith, from 'Understanding Animal Research' explains how the use of animals in research can be a stimulating subject for discussion in the classroom.
Keywords: animals, research, openness
Date: July 2017
James Bussell, from the Wellcome Genome Campus, explains why the mouse is an important model organism for research into areas such as human genetics, cancer genomics and malaria.
Keywords: openness, animal, research
Date: July 2018
Current developments in stem cell research
Tristan Thwaites explains some of the latest Stem Cell research at the Wellcome Genome Campus, including how Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell technology is being used in large scale projects such as the Human Induced Pluripotent Stem cell initiative (HiPSci) and how mouse trophoblast stem cells can be used to replace ES cells,
Keywords: stem cells, pluripotent, trophoblast
Date: June 2018
An artistic collaboration between musician and sound producer Max Cooper, respected visual artist Andy Lomas and researchers from the Babraham Institute in Cambridge has produced an emotive new way for anyone to experience the elegance and complexity of DNA organisation.
Weapons of Microscopic Destruction - meet your immune army!
Meet your immune army and find out how the key cells of your immune system work together to keep you fit and healthy. The video also features Institute researchers explaining how discoveries resulting from the Institute’s immunology research have helped advance our understanding of how the immune system works with important applications for healthcare and in an ageing population.