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Stem Cell Robots at the Cambridge Science Festival – 2017

Researchers from the Wellcome Trust – MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute (CSCI) returned to the Cambridge Science Festival this year with their popular ‘Stem Cell Robots’. Developed by CSCI group leader, Dr Elisa Laurenti, the activity presents the robot as a pluripotent stem cell, which requires programming to become a specific cell lineage. Once programmed the robot is tested on a giant floor map to check it makes the right decisions as it moves along a set of differentiation tracks.  Over 20 volunteers from across the Institute ran the activity and discussed their research with the children, family and adult audiences over two weekends.

In collaboration with colleagues from the Babraham Institute, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and The Gurdon Institute, the Institute hosted two panel discussion events on gene editing and artificial organiods in research.

To top off the festival in style, CSCI’s PhD students Stanley Strawbridge and Alisa Molotova, brought together science, comedy and poetry at ‘The Variables Present…an evening of science variety’ and ‘Bright Club’.

For more details see CSCI: How to make a human