General public test Jalview

Approximately 350 visitors came to the College of Life Science’s ‘Open Doors’ day on Saturday 8th November 2014.

In the main entrance, there was a live demo of Jalview running enabling the general public to compare a protein extracted from a bone fossil of Neanderthal man with the same proteins in homo-sapiens, primates and other animals. The demonstration involved the alignment, analysis and annotation of the protein sequence data, as well as viewing the 3D structure of the protein and generating a phylogenetic tree showing the evolutionary relationships.

Photos showing visitors during the open day

Alongside this there were several popular other hands-on activities that drew quite a crowd.

Many thanks to Dmitry, Mungo, Reema, Michelle, Roger and Nancy for helping onthe day.