• Question: what is the best scientific descovery you have ever made?

    Asked by candyangel99 to Indi, Jarv, John, Ken, Vicky on 15 Mar 2012. This question was also asked by a09bnewton.
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      Vicky Young answered on 12 Mar 2012:

      I’ve not discovered anything that’s really significant yet. Although I have only been researching for a year so give me some time!

      I think it would be the best feeling to discover something no one in the world knew about before! Hopefully it will happen for me one day!

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      Indi Ghangrekar answered on 15 Mar 2012:

      One really cool experiment I did not too long ago was to grow human heart cells in a cell culture dish – when you give them just the right nutrients and temperature the heart cells actually continue to beat! How awesome is that?!

      I suppose that wasn’t a new discovery though, just a personal one! Other people have done the same thing before.

      The stuff that I discovered in my PhD though is linked to how eyes develop and some genes/ proteins involved in the body clock – some of the genes seem to be linked in very complicated ways. I did this by doing cloning, making transgenic fruit flies and using bright fluorescent proteins that glow when certain types of light are shone on them.