On Sunday, 25 March 2018, the MBU participated in the Cambridge Science Festival, Cambridge Biomedical Campus event. Our theme was "Sensational fluorescent fruit flies".
Mitochondria can be tracked in animals using a fluorescent protein. Scientists from the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit showcased their research into neurodegenerative diseases through a demonstration showing the behaviour of fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster). We showed how mutations in mitochondria might lead to neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease and motor neuron disease. We also used a game of elimination to demonstrate the mutations that were visible on the real fruit flies shown under a microscope and we used a water bath to show how some of our fruit flies were sensitive to certain temperatures.
This year, we shared a laboratory at the Cambridge Academy of Science and Technology with colleagues (and collaborators) from the Cambridge Metabolic Network and the MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit (MDU).
This year also saw the revision of our "MRC Cambridge Activity Book", incorporating images for colouring and word puzzles associated with each of the nine organisations in Cambridge.
We thank the organisers of the event, our visitors and our volunteers for making the day such a success - everyone had a great time!