On Wednesday 8 November, 14 A-level Biologists went on a trip to Cambridge University to listen to a series of talks, related to their course. The lectures took place in the Cambridge University Debating Chamber within the Union.
The first talk was given by Lord Robert Winston who spoke to the pupils about fertility, the ethics involved and how opinions have changed over time.
The second lecture was given by Professor Beverly Glover who is the Director of Cambridge University Botanic Garden. She gave an in-depth talk on the evolution and development of floral features which attract pollinating animals.
Finally, Professor Steve Humphries spoke about heart disease, in particular, the genetics behind the condition FH (Familial Hypercholesterolemia). He discussed the mutations which have been discovered to cause this condition and how each of these mutations is treated.
The experience was enjoyed by all and proved to be an excellent enrichment day for our A-level pupils. It also gave them valuable insight into what university lectures are like and a taste of the processes that occur in the field of scientific research.