CSynth impresses at Cheltenham Science Festival

CSynth was at this year’s Cheltenham Science Festival, one of the UK’s biggest science fairs, offering six days of debate, discovery, experiments, enjoyment and hands on fun that allow the public to explore the latest scientific research. CSynth was part of the folding genome stand, using virtual reality to engage the public with the concept of DNA folding, and how this process can go astray in certain diseases.

During our three days at Cheltenham Science Festival we interacted with over 1,000 people, engaging a variety of public, from young children to pensioners.

CSynth at the Crick-Late: Patterns

14 March, 2018

The recently opened Francis Crick Institute, focused on biomedical discovery, organises open evenings once a year; this year the main theme is “patterns” in biology and how these are used by scientists at the Crick Institute.

We will be present with a new version of CSynth in VR, the result of our collaboration with scientists at the Crick, an interactive experience we named “DNA origami” and focused on yeast: “Step inside the nucleus of a yeast cell in VR and watch and manipulate DNA as it folds into a complex pattern before your eyes and hands.”


CSynth to be in action at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

22 June, 2017

The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition is one of the biggest science festivals in the UK, attracting thousands of visitors every year. Our exhibit demonstrating the CSynth software will form one of 22 exhibits from Universities across the country. In our interactive demonstration we’ll take visitors on a journey to unravel how mistakes in a 3 billion letter DNA code can potentially have a huge impact on how cells work within the human body.

Using virtual reality technology, visitors will be able to use CSynth to delve inside a cell and see first-hand how the DNA molecule folds and bends. They’ll get a glimpse of how changes in this structure can alter DNA function and put people at increased risk of certain diseases. To get a taste of what will be in store, you can read more about last year’s exhibition:


Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine: All under one roof – a pioneering vision for research success

February 1, 2017 – by ResearchFutures

“Togetherness is a beautiful thing – Professor Jim Hughes and Steve Taylor, two senior biomedical researchers from the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine at Oxford, discuss the joy of collaboration. In their latest shared project, the pair are developing software that will enable scientists to visualise the three-dimensional structure of a DNA molecule inside a cell.”

more: http://researchfeatures.com/2017/02/01/all-under-one-roof-a-pioneering-vision-for-research-success/

CSynth at “Super Science Saturday: The Science Behind the Headlines”

November 26, 2016

On a late November Saturday, the CSynth team participated in “Super Science Saturday: The Science Behind the Headlines” at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (www.oum.ox.ac.uk), demonstrating activities designed to showcase some of the incredible research going on in Oxford.

Steve Taylor and a team from the Higgs/Hughes lab demonstrated their CSynth software, first exhibited at New Scientist Live in September. Using a huge touchscreen, the team showed how CSynth allows users to visualise and interact with genomics data in three dimensions.

CSynth at New Scientist Live

September 25, 2016

The team had a great time demonstrating CSynth to the public for the first time at New Scientist Live in September at The ExCel, London. Using two 65″ V652 touchscreens generously supplied by NEC, the team used data from red blood cells and white blood cells to show how the physical structure of a specific region of DNA changes between different types of cells. Over 20,000 tickets were sold for the event, and attendees of all ages were fascinated by the software and the science. Find out more about how the team got on in this blog.


Steve Taylor explaining how CSynth works


Veronica Buckle demonstrating the CSynth software


Jim Hughes discussing CSynth with one of the attendees at New Scientist Live 2016

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