The Science department are hosting a lecture given by Professor Marcel Jaspars on Thursday 31st October at 1p.m. All pupils are welcome to attend.

As part of the “SCI Discovering Chemistry 2013 Lecture series” Professor Jaspars will speak with pupils and show samples from the deepest darkest and driest places on Earth! See below to hear from the man himself… 

‘Extreme Drug Discovery’


We have been exploring the extremes of life to find new drugs for infections, inflammation and cancer. Microbes are great sources of new molecules that can be turned into drugs, and the most exciting microbes are found in the most extreme environments. We have worked in both the deepest place on Earth, the Mariana Trench (11,000 m deep) and the driest place on Earth, the Atacama desert (no rain for the last million years). Both places gave species of bacteria new to science which produced new natural compounds with the potential to treat infections. We are now beginning to look at other extreme places such as the Dead Sea, Black Smokers and cold environments to find new microbes that might generate the next antibiotic.

By chalove

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