A BALMEDIE scientist is preparing to host an event at Europe’s biggest science festival when it returns to Aberdeen for the first time in nearly 50 years.
Dr Steve Tucker, a senior teaching fellow at the University of Aberdeen’s Institute of Medical Sciences, will showcase his research into the way in which DNA acts as an instruction manual for the building blocks that make up the average adult.
The British Science Festival takes place in Aberdeen from September 4-9. The festival was last in the city in 1963 and is expected to attract more than 40,000 visitors to the North-east.
Dr Tucker’s free event will allow the public to see how certain genes can be used to make proteins, the building blocks of cells in the body, which are used on a daily basis by scientists throughout the world to gain a greater understanding of biology and disease.
He will present the workshop with colleague Dr John Barrow.
The event includes hands-on sections where the audience can make DNA models and also extract their own DNA.
Dr Tucker said: “This event will allow the public to see a glimpse of real science in action with DNA extractions and using high-end microscopes to look at fluorescent cells and samples.
“It will also allow them to see the fascinating hidden world of DNA and proteins, which are present in each and every cell in our bodies but for the most part go unnoticed by us all.
“It is always an honour and a privilege to share scientific discoveries with the public and to be part of such a huge festival like this is a real bonus.”
The workshop, entitled DNA to Protein: Can you Glow the Flow, is on Saturday, September 8, between 10am and 5pm in Room G9 of the Zoology Building, Machar Drive.