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Pint of Science is an international festival which aims to bring research scientists out of their labs to meet the people! Last week, in pubs around the UK, scientists and members of the public paused over a pint to discuss some of the most interesting scientific questions.

 

Three senior researchers from the SCI stopped off at the Panton Arms in Cambridge  to help answer the question 'Stem cells: what can they do for you?'.

 

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Dr Jenny Nichols introduced us to the earliest cells in the mouse embryo and how they begin to become specialised tissues.

 

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Dr Michaela Frye got us thinking about tissue stem cells in the skin and revealed the surprisingly mysterious world of hair follicles.

 

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Professor Robin Franklin took us inside the brain to understand how stem cells are skilled at regenerating some brain cells but struggle with others.

 

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The three speakers also revealed their custom art pieces, created in collaboration with local artists. We were particularly taken with a blastocyst necklace by contemporary jeweller, Aurora Lombardo!

 

In honour of the setting we closed with a pub quiz and one for the road.

 

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Thanks to Pint of Science for a splendid event. Congratulations to Stanley Strawbridge and all other members of the SCI who helped to pull it off!

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