The MRC MBU has participated in two Big Bang events this year.
The first was held on 28 June at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford Campus. We took our "Find My Mutant Fly" game, along with movies and posters explaining the Unit's research. We also took some fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) and used them to demonstrate how mutations in mitochondria might lead to neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and motor neuron disease.
The second was held on 6 July at Newham College, London. Again, we took the game, movies and posters. This time we took fruit flies with a fluorescent protein and we explained how mitochondria can be tracked in animals, showing fluorescent markers under a microscope.
Both these events were extremely well attended and it was very rewarding to see the enthusiasm and interest of our future scientists and their tutors.
Thank you to Professor Andreas Prokop for the fruit fly images.