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Crick researchers are working at the forefront of the scientific response to answer some of the most urgent questions about the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen, from how we can improve testing, to why it’s deadly in some people but causes no symptoms in others.
The Francis Crick Institute is working at the forefront of the scientific response to coronavirus, volunteering expertise and facilities to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
Let us introduce you to the fly breeders, laser guiders, cell growers, tech fixers and even bottle washers that make the science happen.
As part of Art Night 2019, the Crick will have extended exhibition opening hours and a sound and video installation from artist Sophie Seita.
Every corner of the Crick building contains specialist equipment, which scientists rely on to get their work done. When the equipment breaks, the science stops.
Every year, the Glasswash team will clean 750,000 flasks, bottles and test tubes to be reused by Crick scientists. Their work is vital; one mistake and contamination could put life-changing scientific research at risk.
Crick scientists use microscopes firing light particles, or even smaller electron particles, to illuminate the inner workings of our cells and to watch how tiny organisms develop and grow.
Every team has their own combination of high-tech, low-tech and even handmade equipment to make their science happen, but our scientists do sometimes play favourites.
Three of our researchers have shared their picks for the one piece of kit that they couldn’t live without.
Engineers, technicians and other research specialists make up a large part of our workforce and without them the science we do here would be impossible. That is why the Crick has signed the Technicians Commitment recognising the important role that our technical staff play in the Institute.
Rather than experiment on a living patient, scientists studying the human body often work with cells that are grown artificially in flasks.
We may look nothing like fruit flies, but 70% of genes for human disease have a fruit fly equivalent. For this reason, many scientists study these insects to understand how genes affect our health.
Martin Jones from the Crick’s Electron Microscopy Science Technology Platform explains why citizen science makes sense for microscopy and what he has learnt from the team’s Etch a Cell project.