The top three news stories of the week, as chosen by our resident students. This week’s top stories are the origin of life, T-Rex’s walk and space plants.
Article written by Grace Chan.
On Sunday the 9th July X-ray crystallographers from the Asthma and Allergy group in the Randall department gathered alongside artist Dr Shelley James to present an exciting exhibition at the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition. This family-friendly event introduced children and adults alike to the fundamentals of symmetry and ‘forbidden symmetry’. Symmetry operators form the basis of crystallography and were explained using colourful tiles which members of the public arranged in patterns as seen below.
Nadia Elkhatib and colleagues have provided evidence to explain why cells in 3D show fewer integrin rich focal adhesions compared to cells on flat surfaces.
How many times you went around your department looking for a specific piece of equipment to use for just that one experiment? How many times you asked around your colleagues if they knew someone that had expertise on the new experiment you were trying to set up?
Alexander Dunn and his colleagues look at how fibroblasts – cells that make up ‘connective tissue’ – generate force to deform their surrounding (3D) environment.
This week, me and a couple of others blogged for the biophysical society from the Single Cell Biophysics meeting in Taipei. Here’s a run down, with links to the blogs:
The first section was about imaging techniques, including structured illumination from Suliana Manley in bacteria, and full automation of super resolution/single molecule microscopy from Masahiro Ueda. Read all about it!