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Biology in Action - KS5

Monday 27th November 2017

An opportunity has been arranged for Year 12 and Year 13 Biology students to attend a day-long conference at the University of Warwick. The day will consist of the following five seminars:

  1. What’s going on in his head? - James Piercy learnt a lot about his brain when it was damaged in an accident. Now well recovered he explores his grey matter and explains how much and how little we know about the workings of this amazing machine.
  2. The VIVIT experience - VIVIT is the world’s only semi-synthetic human cadaver, developed as a teaching tool to showcase real anatomy to students. Join VIVIT (and Sam!) for an experience like no other as we delve inside the body.
  3. Cracking the Code: the genetics of superheroes - The comic books are filled with mutants; heroes and villains whose special abilities are genetic in their origin. But what are real mutants like, and could we one day use genetics to make us superhuman?
  4. The aged immune system: Why granny can’t fight the superbugs - The immune system declines with age leaving us susceptible to infection and less able to respond to prophylactic measures such as vaccination. Professor Lord will discuss what happens to the immune system with age and her research to prevent this.
  5. How animals behave and why: from moths to meerkats - New technologies like bar-coded ants and virtual fish let us study animal behaviour in ways never before possible. Discover what makes animals tick, how we can understand meerkat societies, and what zombie cockroaches can tell us about the brain.

The cost of the trip is £25.00 which includes entrance to each of the seminars and transport.

Staff and students will travel by minibus leaving Brooke Weston at 08:35 returning at approximately 16:30. Parents are therefore requested to arrange transport for their son/daughter to and from Brooke Weston.

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