Teaching children how to make medicines from microbes

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6th January 2021

Teaching children how to make medicines from microbes

Researchers and academics from the National Horizon’s Centre worked with children from Whinney Banks Primary School in Middlesbrough to showcase how medicines can be made from microbes.

The National Horizons Centre is a £22.3 million national centre of excellence for the bioscience industries, based at Central Park in Darlington, which brings industry and academia together, to provide the life sciences sector with knowledge, skills, talent and facilities to support its development and growth.

Over the course of a month, the National Horizons’ Centre staff worked with the youngsters on a series of tasks relating to some of the cutting-edge work being done by the centre in the field of bioprocessing.

The children were encouraged to grow and measure their own mould in their classrooms. They then learned how certain types of microbes can be used to fight disease and infection.

The activity was organised through the Centre for Industry and Education Collaboration (CIEC) at the University of York, as part of its Children Challenging Industry initiative and funded by the THYME Project. Read more.

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