In the build-up to its 20th anniversary, BBSRC is supporting The Royal Institution 'Life Fantastic' Christmas Lectures, to help spread the word about world-leading bioscience.
BBSRC-funded biologist Alison Woollard will deliver a three-part series for the famous Royal Institution Christmas Lectures entitled 'Life Fantastic' in early December, which will explore the frontiers of developmental biology and uncover the remarkable transformation of a single cell into a complex organism. The lectures will be filmed and then broadcast between Christmas and New Year on BBC Four.
BBSRC is also supporting the 2013 Ri online advent calendar. The second year for this project will be an ambitious video journey inspired by Alison Woollard's work. A different video will be released each day between 1 December and Christmas Eve, to highlight each of the 23 pairs of human chromosomes, and the mitochondrial DNA that make up the building blocks of human life.
Highlights of the 2013 Ri advent calendar will include a video featuring the well-known broadcaster Dr Adam Rutherford, who will explore what 'junk' DNA is, a look at male baldness, and a visit to Alison's lab at the University of Oxford to learn more about the genetic control of ageing.
The videos will be released at www.rigb.org.uk/advent at 00.01 each day and, in the style of a traditional advent calendar, visitors will have to search for the correctly numbered video before they can watch it. The videos will also be promoted on Twitter using the hashtag #Riadvent.
BBSRC is also supporting 'I'm a Scientist' to teaming up with the Ri to offer school children and the general public the chance to ask questions raised by the lectures directly to Alison Woollard and a small team of developmental biologists.
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The 2013 Ri online advent calendar is supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
More information on this year's CHRISTMAS LECTURES can be found here: www.rigb.org/christmas-lectures/2013-life-fantastic
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