The Knowledge Quarter is delighted to invite staff from Knowledge Quarter organisations to the next in our series of private breakfast views. It will be on this occasion hosted at The Francis Crick Institute. KQ staff and partner organisations will have the opportunity to have an exclusive look at the Crick’s new exhibition Craft & Graft: Making Science Happen.
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About Craft & Graft: Making Science Happen
This exhibition takes visitors behind the scenes to meet the technicians, engineers and specialists supporting science at the Crick.
These technical teams prepare, process, make, mend, analyse and innovate. From fixing faults in complex cutting-edge technology to feeding fruit flies and operating robots, they are essential to keep the labs running and science happening.
The exhibition shines a spotlight on five specialist teams who have opened their doors for the first time:
- The technicians feeding and breeding over 15,000 families of fruit flies. They are also trained to perform incredibly precise tasks including hand-injecting DNA into fly embryos.
- The ‘librarians of life-forms’ responsible for nurturing billions of cells in thousands of flasks, plates and vials.
- The people who meticulously clean the Crick’s essential glassware to allow re-use and prevent any contamination.
- The mechanical and electronic engineers who race against time to fix, adapt or invent vital equipment for use in the labs.
- The specialists preparing biological samples, from fruit flies to cancer cells, for study using powerful microscopes. Some ultra-thin samples are so delicate, an astonishing tool is used to manoeuvre them: an eyelash glued to a cocktail stick.
Tickets can be found here.