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Oxford Brookes Science Bazaar

A week ago on Saturday, BashTheBug and Lucy Turner together ran a stall at the annual, extremely popular Oxford Brookes Science Bazaar.

This is an annual event and is aimed at families with children who are 5-12 years old. We were in a room with several other genetics activities and were lucky enough to have been given use of the SMART board so we could not only project BashTheBug, but people could interactively try classifying the growth of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

We also brought a DUPLO-based game which demonstrates how mutations in proteins can cause antibiotic resistance. Lucy had also made a whole series of stamps with motifs based on the 96-well plates, the structures of proteins and how M. tuberculosis grows. One girl did this amazing pattern with Lucy’s stamps.

Finally, thank you to our intrepid helpers: Ana, Nikki, Oliver and Tjibbe. Oliver and Tjibbe are shown below during a quiet moment.

By Philip Fowler

Philip W Fowler is a computational biophysicist studying antimicrobial resistance working at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

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