Kids learn secrets of genes and DNA on University trip

30 year 10 pupils from Sheffield's Westfield School will be finding out about genes, DNA and genetic diseases when they visit the University of Sheffield's Department of Biomedical Sciences on Thursday 2 February 2006.

The pupils will spend the morning in the department and will get the chance to isolate their own DNA to take home in a necklace. They will also look at the effects of exercise on the body by using exercise equipment and ECGs to measure heart rate and fitness levels. Lecturers from the department will be talking to the young people about their areas of research expertise, including genes and genetic diseases, deafness and DNA testing.

Dr Louise Robson, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Science, said: "I'm delighted to welcome the young people from Westfield School to the Department to an event that should be interesting and inspiring.

"Staff here at the University of Sheffield carry out cutting-edge research into genes and genetic diseases and I hope that their visit to our labs and lecture theatres will encourage some of the Westfield School pupils to consider future careers in science and scientific research."

Notes for Editors: Photographers are invited to attend the Westfield School visit to the University of Sheffield's Department of Biomedical Science at 11.30am on Thursday 2 February 2006, where the pupils will be using exercise and monitoring equipment to measure their fitness levels.

Photographers should meet Danielle Reeves from the University's press office outside the Alfred Denny Building, Western Bank at 11.30am on Thursday 2 February.

For further information please contact Danielle Reeves, media relations officer, on 0114 222 5339 or email d.reeves@sheffield.ac.uk