York Science & Innovation Grand Tour May - Sept 2012

Sponsored by Aviva

54 St Maurice's Road

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State-of-the-art equipment and expertise at the University of York’s Bioscience Technology Facility enable York scientists to work at the forefront of their specialist research area.

This image of a perfectly intact root tip, just 150 micrometres across, was produced using the £350,000 microscope in the Bioscience Technology Facility where specialist laboratories and expert staff support cutting-edge research and solve technological challenges for scientists and businesses throughout the world.

This Root Tip image is just one example of the breadth of research carried out within the Department of Biology at the University of York. For more examples please see the links under ‘Other Exhibits from this Sponsor’.

Image 2:
The innervations of jump muscle of Drosophila (nerve magenta; muscle green). The extensive innervations and large nerve diameter contribute to the speed of the escape jump by the fruit fly.
Adam Middleton, Peter O’Toole and Chris Elliott

Image 3:
Mammalian sperm showing mitochondria in the mid piece (green). ‘Red’ spermatozoa have acquired the ability to fertilise an egg, while white spermatozoa are dead. Blue represents DNA. These patterns help us understand the process of fertilisation.
Roger Sturmey, Peter O’Toole and Henry Leese

The internationally recognised research carried out in the Department of Biology depends on being able to access the latest equipment and expertise, much of which is provided through our Bioscience Technology Facility. With an equipment spend of over £9 million and 18 experts, we are an internationally recognised facility. As well as helping researchers within the University, we are also used by many of our local bioscience businesses and are an important part of the vibrant bioscience economy in York.

We have systems for DNA fingerprinting and gene analysis, means of identifying and characterising your proteins, techniques to study how proteins behave and others that can make them by fermentation. From plants to humans, these techniques are vital to understand how biology works. If you want to find out more about the exciting technologies we have available or how to access these facilities, then visit our web site.

Reproduction in any form of any of the images on this website is strictly prohibited.


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