The Sanger Institute is celebrating its 25th birthday by sequencing the genomes of 25 species native to the UK. To mark the occasion, they ran an online event to allow students to vote for 5 of the species whose genomes they will sequence next year. An application was made and we were lucky enough to be selected to take part and contribute to future science!
Pupils were able to learn about the different species, genetic sequencing and even take part in a live chat with wildlife enthusiasts, who were championing different species in a bid to win votes. 40 different species, which included the Scottish wildcat, the common starfish and the emperor dragonfly, competed against each other. The leathery sea squirt and lion's mane jellyfish were popular contenders amongst our students.
Well done to the pupils below, who attended biology club and took part in the event.