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Open doors to synthetic biology

Over 70 visitors enjoyed learning about synthetic biology and its many applications at the Edinburgh Doors Open event in the Roger Land Building on Saturday 24th at the King’s Buildings Campus.  

Staff and postgraduate students from SynthSys, and this year’s Edinburgh iGEM team, came along to explain more about their research and the power of synthetic biology. They were joined by staff from the Centre for Regenerative Medicine, who explained how stem cells are being used to create cells suited for therapy. Children had an opportunity to engineer their own fuzzy felt bugs, parents contemplated stem cells under a microscope and visitors were amazed at the metal munching power of microbes.

The Roger Land Building was constructed in the 1960s to house the Animal Research Organisation. The architect, Sir Basil Spence, is best known for his modern redesign of Coventry Cathedral, which was destroyed during the Second World War. The Roger Land Building has since housed the Institute for Stem Cell Research and has recently been renovated to house researchers from the School of Biological Sciences including the hub for the UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology.