General public test Jalview

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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.  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 on the day.