Irish Scientific Achievements

Ireland: you may have read works by some of our writers. Perhaps you’ve seen some of our dancers perform. Maybe you’ve grown up listening to some of our bands. But do you know our scientists?

This short film on Irish scientific achievements was produced by Dervalomedia on behalf of the Irish staff of the EU Joint Research Centre (JRC), Ispra, Italy. It was first shown at the JRC open day on May 4th, 2013 which was attended by Máire Geoghegan Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science.

The film is based on “The Little Book of Irish Science” produced by Science Foundation Ireland. Images contained in the book were produced by Duffy Design in Dublin. Music is by Ronan Hardiman.

The NUI Galway led REDDSTAR project features from 4.10 in the video. The REDDSTAR project aims to use adult stem cell to treat diabetes and its associated complications and more details can be found here:  http://www.reddstar.eu/

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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22514550

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.

-FROM BBC NEWS, INCLUDES VIDEO