Category: Sanger Life

Living and working at the Sanger Institute

The Beast from the East? Vespa velutina

Words and pictures by: Alex Cagan Date: 17.09.18 Prelude: Death from above Today, you are a honeybee and today you are going to die. You enjoyed a summer full of industry, dance and frenetic activity […]

A cautionary tale about blackberries…[1/2]

Finding a blackberry bush was as easy a pie, but then Dan discovered that there are 300 different species… and even experts struggle to tell the difference

Getting a hold of some samples… for the 25 Genomes Project

Getting a hold of some samples…

Sequencing new species is hard enough, but finding out where you can get a sample to work with can be even harder, Dan Mead discovers

Giant Hogweed - one of the 25 genomes being read by the Wellcome Sanger Institute. Image credit: Appaloosa, Wikimedia Commons

Giant Hogweed sampling, a retrospective

Armed with a mobile phone, 4G signal, orange protective gloves, a tyvek suit, face shield and Google Maps, Dan Mead went in search of an elusive species

Alzheimer’s Disease: The puzzle we’re so desperate to solve

13.11.17 Fiona Calvert is using stem cells to study Alzheimer’s Disease. Read her shortlisted article for the Max Perutz Science Writing Competition about this work.

In search of the hidden reservoir of Malaria

20.12.16 Arthur Talman explains how his field work in Mali could help understand the behaviour of malaria parasites.

Human intestinal microvilli. Credit: Wellcome Library, London

Great balls of cells: Using intestinal organoids to study Salmonella

10.09.15 It is difficult to study Salmonella infections in the body. Jessica Forbester explains how newly created balls of intestinal cells can help.