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How To Build a Body

The event takes places on the ground floor, with a single small step. Moveable ramp(s) available. Accessible unisex toilet available in venue. Over 18s only.
Past event - 2024
13 May Doors 7pm
Event 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Leith Depot , 138-142 Leith Walk,
Edinburgh EH6 5DT
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Our bodies are capable of so much — from thinking and moving, to healing and digesting — but how does such a complex bundle of cells come to be? The development of a fertilised egg into a whole body is no mean feat, and understanding this process better may uncover ways to treat disease and improve fertility outcomes. Learn how a range of techniques from lab grown cells to glow-in-the-dark fish and high-tech genetic sequencing can teach us how cells, tissues, and organs work together to form a body.



From Blob to Body

Katie Pickup (PhD Student )
Every cell that makes up your body — muscle cells, brain cells, gut cells, and so many more — contain the same genetic instructions in their DNA, but perform vastly different roles. All of these cell types developed from the same tiny blob of stem cells in the womb at a point before many pregnancies would even be noticed. So how do these stem cells go on to form a whole body with the right parts in the right places? And what can growing inadvertently penis-shaped blobs of cells in the lab teach us about this process?

Gone Fishing: A Tale of Fish and Stem Cells

Dr. Alessandro Brombin (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)
Zebrafish, as their name suggests, are stripey animals. These little rascals went from the Ganges to the pet stores, and finally, to the spotlight of biomedical research and are helping scientists to discover novel mechanisms involved in stem cell specification. Can a little fish help us find a cure for disfiguring diseases? Can zebrafish stripes hold the key to tackle melanoma?
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