Showcasing the biological and biomedical sciences for British Science Week.

We are celebrating British Science Week (11 to 20 March 2022) by showcasing our research and teaching in the biosciences through a series of online resources. These resources have been developed by researchers, lecturers, staff and students at The University of Manchester.

The resources are aimed at secondary school pupils (Years 7 and above) and the general public, and can be found on the BioDiscovery website. They include online videos, virtual tours, activities and exhibits covering a range of topics, including the following.

  • Take part in virtual tours of the Firs Botanical Gardens, which represent habitats ranging from deserts to tropical forests.
  • Learn how worms are used in the lab.
  • Learn about the living biobank for ovarian cancer being developed at the Manchester Cancer Research Centre.
  • View the research being done to develop COVID-19 vaccines using plants.
  • Hear from Professor Matthew Cobb as he looks at 50 years of genetic engineering, a subject he covered for BBC Radio Four in a programme called Genetic Dreams, Genetic Nightmares.
  • Meet Dmitri, Manchester Museum's very own Spider-Man, and find out about the animal research being done at the University, and how it contributes to globally important breakthroughs in medical science.
  • Gain insights into visualising nerve regeneration, how forces affect cells, and how we can communicate health through the medium of comics with graphic medicine.
  • Hear from Professor Dan Davis about his new book, The Secret Body, and startling new discoveries in human biology.

BioDiscovery aims to encourage enthusiasm, fun and discovery in the biological and biomedical sciences for both pupils and the wider public, offering an inspirational exploration of science.

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