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Microbes and Us

Please note this event has no step-free access. Over 18s only.
Past event - 2018
14 May 19:00-22:00 (Doors open 18:30)
The Old George Inn, Old George Yard,
Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 1EZ
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The world of microbes is incredibly complex, with more bacteria on earth that stars in the known universe they can be incredibly useful or frighteningly dangerous. The Microbes and Us event takes you through the methods scientists use to explore bacterial communities, what happens when bacteria clump together and their hidden contribution to the beer making process. From genes to disease, geeky technology to flavouring beer there is something for every science enthusiast in this evenings talks.

 

Biofilms: The good, the bad and the ugly

Katy Angus (Reasearch and development, Parker Biosciences)
Biofilms are a communities of microorganisms that attach to each other, and surfaces, using a sticky matrix. In this talk I will explain the role of biofilms. This will include their role in nature as well as in industrial, medical and domestic areas. I will also discuss how biofilms can be both useful and problematic.
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DNA sequencing: from reading paragraphs (genes) to the entire book (genomes)

Dr Heath Murray (Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology at Newcastle University)
Due to rapid advances in DNA sequencing technologies, the 21st century promises to be the Age of Genomics. Next-generation DNA sequencing has created a step-change in our ability to characterize diseases such as cancer and has the potential to reshape clinical medicine. So how did we get to this amazing place in human history?
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Yeast and its impact on beer flavour

Jack Coles, Emily Warner (MRes student Immunology, MSc student in International Financial Analysis; Newcastle University)
For their talk Jack and Emily will be explaining the effects that different strains of yeast can have on the flavour of a beer. As many people know the hops and malts have a strong impact on taste, look and mouth feel of a beer, but not everyone knows that yeast is also partially responsible for this, and that it’s not just the fermentation that makes beer alcoholic!
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