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Miniature to massive: the micro-world in your hands

Miniature to massive: the micro-world in your hands. Louise Hughes, Oxford Brookes University

The team

From Oxford Brookes University:

  • Dr Louise Hughes
  • Professor Chris Hawes
  • Dr Anne Osterrieder
  • Milly Farrell
  • Professor Nicola Ragge
  • Dr Sue Vaughan
  • Dr John Runions

The science behind the exhibit

Even the smallest biological system has a detailed 3D structure, but it is often difficult to determine this accurately. In the past few years new microscopy techniques have allowed us to investigate micro- and nano-structures in 3D and even print the results! We can observe the architecture of complex systems as well as how structures change over time and it is possible to discover processes such as the invasion of our cells by viruses. We can also investigate the process of cell division and how parasites that live in our blood duplicate themselves.

About the exhibit

  • Touch microscopy data with our 3D models of cells, viruses and parasites
  • Find out how cells change their shape as they divide and split with our interactive display
  • Explore how viruses infect our cells and what different types of virus look and feel like
  • Discover 3D microscopy and how we determine the structure of miniature biological systems
  • Find out how we print in 3D


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