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   Longest model of a DNA gene-world record set at Huddersfield University


[March 14] HUDDERSFIELD,UK--Students from Huddersfield University and school pupils from across the town created a new world record, by building the longest model of a DNA gene.

   The 24 metre-long model, an exact replica of the insulin gene, will now be permanently installed in the university’s science school.

  The record breakers spent about an hour constructing the model, which consisted of 1,118 base pairs. The previous record was a model made up of 300 base pairs.

   As part of National Science and Engineering Week, the university invited about 60 sixth-form students from Morley High School, Rastrick High School, Huddersfield New College, Greenhead College, Shelley High School and Heckmondwike Grammar School. Cricket legend Dickie Bird was there,too.

   Photo: Dickie Bird (centre) is pictured being presented with a Huddersfield Giants rugby shirt by the University's Director of Finance, Mr Andrew McConnell (left), and the Director of Estates & Facilities, Mr Colin Blair.
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   They listened to lectures before joining about 40 university students to take part in the record attempt.

 
   Dr Jeremy Hopwood, science lecturer and event organiser, said: “The big difference is that the previous record breaker was a random sequence. Our students followed the exact gene sequence for insulin. It was a great effort by a lot of people coming together. There’s only so much you can get from a textbook, so in terms of educational value something like this is brilliant.”

   Prof Rob Smith, Dean of the school of applied sciences, added: “It’s wonderful to have a co-operative effort like this. It’s much more impressive than I ever imagined.”



 
 
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