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Axolotl, Bananas, and Genes: More than 1,600 Visitors came into the CRTD during the Long Night of Science


Which organism has the most genes? Answers to these and other fascinating questions were given to more than 1,600 visitors at the CRTD during the 11th Long Night of Sciences. Scientists of the DFG Research Center for Regenerative Therapies – Cluster of Excellence (CRTD), the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden (BIOTEC), the ZIK BCUBE, the Paul Langerhans Institute (PLID), the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), and the Medical Faculty Carl Gustav Carus presented their research on July 5th, 2013 from 6pm – 1 am: At various stations, lectures, and children tours it was possible for anyone to get an insight into the work of the CRTD and other institutes in the network. The visitors were able to extract DNA from bananas together with international students of the School Project, they learned more about the regenerative capacity of Axolotls and zebrafish as well as about forces in the cell or latest diabetes and neurodegenerative research. By the way: Plants like horse tail or tulips possess more genes than mammalians like the human being.

We want to say "Thank you" to all the scientists for their contributions to this successful long night of science. They made this diverse program possible.
The next Dresden Science Night will be on July 4th, 2014.

Photo: Examining the samples under a microscope for children. ©CRTD

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