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Science, People & Politics ISSN 1751-598x, 25th November, 2016. 18.00 GMT
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located in West Mereside. That Block's profile says it is open-plan
lab space designed to support state-of-the-art genomic analysis and
biochemical platforms simultaneously. I guess that limits how far one
must carry the samples. Further, says the marketing, 7 modular cell
culture suites in Block C can support up to 34 cell-culture users sim-
Having also read the advertorial in a May, 2016 issue of the interna-
tional science journal, Nature, I had thought this visit would help me
join the dots among all this public outreach and the physicality of the
Science Park and BioHub.
There followed a few minutes of crossed wires. It emerged I could not
see these Blocks because they do not exist as discrete physical entities.
Rather they meet the needs of classes of scientific endeavour, where
those classes of need are only vaguely hinted at. The actual facilities
are dispersed through the complex, and scheduled to become available
in a phased manner. I clarified this point with both Bowden and public
relations. In the case of non-human pathology, and the publicity
material does not specify non-human (though that is what it is), I was
told that offering does not yet exist, but it is hoped it will soon.
Equipment supporting the chemistry and bioscience needs called
"Block C" includes 115 fume cupboards and a 700MHz nuclear
magnetic resonance (NMR) machine. I saw the NMR, and Bowden told
me of a 500MHz machine elsewhere on site. It's a technique which was
critical to my degree, and which the University of Leeds ensured its
graduates had a solid theoretical as well as practical understanding of.
Two other Blocks are in the site's promotional material. B can under-
take drug metabolism and pharmacokinetic (DMPK) studies. 43 fume
cupboards are associated with those.
Frustratingly, because the director of scientific services had cancelled,
this information is almost meaningless to the audience of Science,
People & Politics, namely scientists and politicians internationally. I had
no opportunity to clarify what made the 43 fume cupboards relevant in
one circumstance, 115 significant in another, and 77 important to a
third. I say 77 fume cupboards because that is how many fume cup-
boards "Block D" (chemistry and bioscience) has.
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Issue 4 (October - December), 2016. Volume VII. Science, People & Politics ISSN 1751-598x.
Published Friday 25th November, 2016
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