skip to content

Build a virus

10:00am-4:00pm on Saturday 23 March

Times shown are in GMT (UTC +0) up to the 26th March. For events on or after 27th March times are in BST (UTC +1).

Department of Pathology, Tennis Court Road, CB2 1QP

Viruses are very small. They are made up of an outer shell of protein that carries the virus’s DNA or RNA – the genetic code containing the instructions for making new copies of the virus. Some viruses have an extra layer around their protein shell, but that’s about it.

Despite being so simple, many different types of viruses can cause diseases, such as the common cold, chickenpox, COVID-19 and AIDS.

In the Department of Pathology’s virology laboratory, we are trying to answer these questions about viruses:

• How can virus RNA molecules multitask?

• How is virus RNA packaged into virion particles?

• Why do viruses infect particular hosts and tissues?

As well as showing you how our researchers address these questions in the lab, we will provide some hands-on activities. These will include building virus models from paper and other materials, so that you can learn how different viruses acquire their shapes and form spikes.

#Family Weekend #Harnessing the immune system to fight disease

Booking/Registration is: UNAVAILABLE

Additional Information

Age: Adults, All Ages, Children under 12, Young Adults 12 – 18
Format: Family Weekend
Timing: In person
Cost: Free
Theme: Health
Accessibility: Full access, Accessible toilet
Image copyright: Valeria Lulla

You might also like...

Read more at: inReach: A mixed media exhibition of lived expertise

inReach: A mixed media exhibition of lived expertise

9:00am-5:00pm on weekdays from Monday 18 March until Friday 12 April except on Bank Holidays
In person
All Ages

inReach (an inversion of ‘outreach’) considers the creative work of those usually closed off from academic and artistic production because of...