Cambridge Science Festival (March 2017)
The Fly Facility provided flies and microscopes for a Department of Genetics exhibit which formed part of the University of Cambridge Science Festival. The Genetics exhibit attracted more than 250 visitors who were able to to see a range of fruit fly (Drosophila) species, the different stages of the fly life cycle, and a number of striking Drosophila mutants. For fun, they could try on fly goggles to see how the world might look to a fly. The fly exhibit was hosted by Laura Bond and Pallavi Panda (David Glover group), as well as Elizabeth Duxbury (Frank Jiggins group) and Simon Collier (Fly Facility).
The journalist Andrew Anthony visited the Fly Facility in September 2016 and discussed the use of Drosophila in biomedical research with facility staff and users. Andrew met Cahir O'Kane who uses flies to model neurodegenerative diseases, Loraine Tung (in the Coll lab) who uses flies to study appetite and obesity, and Damian Crowther from MedImmune (AstraZeneca) who uses flies to model Alzheimer's disease. Andrew's article 'In praise of the humble fruit fly' is here.
Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge (March 2016)
The Fly facility provided fly stocks with a variety of phenotypes to Nicolle McNaughton who teaches A2 Biology students at Hills Road Sixth Form College.
Cambridge Science Festival (March 2016)
The Fly Facility hosted an exhibit called 'Spot The Difference!' at the 2016 Cambridge Science Festival. The exhibit explored genetic variation in fruit flies and let visitors look at living flies at different stages of development under a microscope. Laura Bond (David Glover group), Ruoyun Hui (Aylwyn Scally group) and Simon Collier (Fly Facility) presented the exhibit. The Fly Facility also supplied flies for a 'Why The Flies' exhibit presented by Jose-Maria Urbano (Benedicte Sanson group) that looked at how flies are used to help fight disease.
Naked Scientist Podcast (January 2016)
UTC-Cambridge student visit (October 2015)
UTC-Cambridge presentation (September 2015)
Simon Collier (Fly Facility manager) visited UTC-Cambridge and gave a presentation on Drosophila to around sixty year 11 students. The talk included a short history of Drosophila research, a description of the fly’s life cycle and development, as well as an introduction to the FlyBase database and a discussion of some interesting fly genes.
F is for Fruit Fly (July 2015)
iGRTRCN article (January 2015)
An article on the Fly Facility appeared on the Insect Genetic Technologies Research Coordination Network (iGTRCN) website. Read the article here.