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Blood, bubbles and lots of fun - 2017

On 29 September, researchers from the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine at the University of Oxford (MRC WIMM) took part in the Curiosity Carnival – Oxford’s biggest public engagement event – in celebration of European Researchers Night.

Researchers from the MRC Human Immunology Unit (MRC HIU) at the University of Oxford were joined by their colleagues from the MRC Molecular Haematology Unit (MRC MHU) at the University of Oxford to transform a room inside the Oxford University Museum of Natural History into a ‘Blood Factory’. Through a series of stations, intrigued visitors learnt about the different components of the blood, used a Doppler ultrasound to listen to their heartbeat and even played the role of an immune cell!

On offer at the Ashmolean Museum was the Virtual Reality experience, developed by researchers at the new MRC WIMM Centre for Computational Biology and the MRC MHU. This allowed visitors to understand how DNA folds in health and disease.

Other highlights included the ‘Unweaving the Rainbow’ stall, which was set up by the MRC HIU’s Eggeling Lab. Visitors were invited to make their own rainbow and use bubbles to learn about the physics of light.