Teenager builds biochemistry lab in his shed, complete with home made PCR machine


A 17-year-old scientist from Yorkshire has built his own DNA testing machine and is using it to conduct experiments in a laboratory at his home.

Fred Turner built the machine, known as a Polymerase Chain Reaction machine, at a cost of just £250 – much lower than the several thousand pounds it would have cost to purchase.

Examining DNA cells is highly complex work and Fred’s efforts have been rewarded with both a top engineering prize and a place to study biochemistry at Oxford University.


ASTROBIOLOGY: Welcome home Chris Hadfield

This video, recorded from the ISS was released the day before Cmd. Chris Hadfield returned to earth. Chris had become world famous after posting many wonderful images of the earth from his time on the space station. Have a look at his twitter to see some of his photos https://twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield