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Super Genes Day

Year 12 and 13 biologists attended a Super Genes Day co-ordinated by Museum of Natural History in Oxford.

Year 12 and 13 Biologists attended a Super Genes Day co-ordinated by Museum of Natural History in Oxford on Friday,  18th March. There were 6th formers from all over Buckinghamshire present and it was a most interesting day.

The students enjoyed a presentation from Alison Woollard, an Oxford University lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry, on the subject of the genetics of Aging. There were further fascinating talks on the ‘Use of Gene Therapy to Treat Sight Loss’ by a Moorfield Specialist Registrar, ‘Unlocking the Past using Ancient DNA’ and the ‘battle between plants and pests to survive’.

After lunch there were activities including making DNA ‘gene’ bracelets and seeing nematode worms that had been injected with a gene that doubled their life expectancy.

Many of these activities touched on topics that we study during A level biology, so it was a useful and relevant day out.

And to cap it all Chloe Squires won a prize for correctly predicting the movement of animals across Europe, using gene mapping.