• Question: What’s your favourite science experiment?

    Asked by pineapplepen to Tomas, Richard, Reka, Laura, Kevin, Kat, Hannah, Gill, Paul on 18 Jan 2019. This question was also asked by tjthxo, bwarren.
    • Photo: Laura Nolan

      Laura Nolan answered on 18 Jan 2019:


      My favourite science experiments tend to be ones that have a visual output, for example doing microscopy – they say a picture is worth a thousand words, and I find that being able to actual SEE the biological or bacterial process you are studying adds so much to your understanding of it/them.

    • Photo: Kevin Daly

      Kevin Daly answered on 18 Jan 2019:


      My favourite is the Lenski experiment – a decade long experiment into evolution. Richard Lenski does selection experiments on E. Coli – for example, changing the nutrient medium – and tracking how different batches of E. Coli evolve after the same change. Every so often a generation is stored, so once they identify a big evolutionary shift in the bacteria, they can go back and trace the genomes of the evolutionary adaptation. Very cool!

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