• Question: What was the most recent thing you discovered and how did you discover it?

    Asked by dharper08 to Vicky, Indi, Jarv, John, Ken on 15 Mar 2012. This question was also asked by thecheesieduckie.
    • Photo: Vicky Young

      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! Hopfully it will happen for me one day!

    • Photo: Indi Ghangrekar

      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.