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The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable MP, visited the Centre for Life to launch Newcastle ScienceFest and see the work being carried out by Newcastle University.

The city-wide festival, which ran last week, celebrated National Science and Engineering Week, (NSEW).   One of the festival’s main aims is to increase  interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, (STEM), subjects for school children. 

During his visit to Life, the Minister also met with scientists from Newcastle University’s Institute of Genetic Medicine.   He was given a tour of some of the facilities within the Institute by its director Professor Patrick Chinnery, and met with Dr Bill Chaudhry with whom he discussed the University’s study of adult zebra fish as a means of further understanding genetic heart disease.  He also met Professor Sir John Burn, medical director of QuantuMDx , which is creating the world’s first handheld, clinical DNA sequencing devices.

The Minister also met with sixth form pupils from Newcastle Central High School who were taking part in DNA workshops in Life’s education laboratories and Year 3 pupils from South Wellfield First School in Whitley Bay who had taken part in Life’s Astronaut Training workshop.

 

published on: 21st March 2012