MMM at the Westgate Shopping Centre

The annual Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Open Day was held on Thursday 30 May 2024 in the Westgate Shopping Centre in Oxford; this year is was jointly held with the Oxford Health BRC.

It was half-term for schools in Oxfordshire so lots of children, parents and grandparents were in town. The Dance Mat, demonstrating how mutations always creep in when you try an copy something, was very popular as always! We had a pipetting game where you could try out pipetting into a 96-well plate (with giant couscous) as well as an investigation with clues and a public poll on how antibiotics should be improved.

We’d designed and ordered some squishy antibiotics and some (much cuter) green Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria and managed to hand out over 90 to interested people over the course of the day.

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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