At 6pm this Sunday our paper went live to the world. By this I mean that the journal that has elected to publish the article clicked the button that places four years of our work onto the internet for all to see. It will no doubt come under significant scrutiny and criticism, as is entirely appropriate for scientific process, but may also influence the ideas of others and in its small way further our understanding of the fantastically intricate workings of the human body.
Many scientific papers are published every week, but for me this is a first. The paper itself is only 8 pages long but represents countless hours of reading, lab work, discussions, swearing and thinking. The idea for this work was conceived in 2007 and since then we have watched the story unfold slowly (sometimes painfully so) in front of us. And so in first few ours hours of its public release there is a mild feeling of trepidation as to how it will be received, but by far the overriding feeling is one of excitement that an idea that we have nurtured within the confines of our lab and campus bar will now be shared with the world. That’s pretty cool.
For those who’d like to see the paper it can be found here http://www.nature.com/ncb/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ncb2521.html.
This week article in the “New Scientist”, the big idea section talks about some aspect of epigenetic studied at Babraham Institute and build parallels between cell differentiation and caste differentiation in social insects. For more details as such a daily based studied of social insects go to the blog http://zoologist-abroad.blogspot.com/ to follow our current field season!
Epigenetics and obesity illustrated in a BBC documentary: to be watch!
“Seeing double”. A beautiful example of the epigenetic in identical twins.
This is the stand of our Babraham Team at the Cambridge Science Festival last weekend, where we explained cardiac science together with experts from Papworth Hospital.
The festival is still on and will last until next Sunday (http://www.cam.ac.uk/sciencefestival/). The team from the Babraham Institute will also take part in another event – “The Late Night Lab” on Tuesday 20th March 7.30pm, a new style of event for adults only. There will be exhibitions, hands-on science and ‘performance’ with a line-up of some great science performers from across the country. All of this while you get the chance to enjoy a glass or two of wine.
Welcome to our blog for the 2012 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition: Epigenetics, Beyond DNA. We’ll try to let you know about our steps in the preparation of this big event. Right now the team is building up and the stand is taking shape, with lots of ideas and suggestions coming from people in the Institute. We set one of the wonderful Fatima’s pictures as profile pic, we called it “The Eye”. I hope you enjoy it, there will be more to come.
Short video interviews are scheduled for next week, I guess the backstage is going to be fun…