Thursday 19 October 2017

Guided by science: Kenny gets a glimpse of bright future

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Science Gallery Student Ambassador Ling Heaney with a 3D-printed head created with DNA taken from discarded cigarette butts. Photocall
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Science Gallery Student Ambassador Ling Heaney with a 3D-printed head created with DNA taken from discarded cigarette butts. Photocall

Sophie Gorman, Arts Editor

A celebration of failure, revising fat's reputation, attempting to control the weather and a blood-soaked exhibition that will leave everyone terrified: these are the four exhibitions comprising Trinity College's Science Gallery's 2014 programme, launched yesterday by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

"The Science Gallery is creating the future before our eyes," said Mr Kenny. "It is challenging, it is motivating, it is asking questions and exemplifying the progress Ireland has made in the sciences.

Mr Kenny was very interested in the Science Gallery's current exhibition, Grow Your Own, which explores synthetic biology. He became the man behind the mask when he inspected Stranger Visions, a piece that found traces of DNA on cigarette butts collected around Dublin city, correlating this DNA to physical genetic traces and then using this to create 3D representations of the people who dropped the cigarette on the street. And he watched keenly as a cameraman's DNA was extracted and analysed.

"The Science Gallery's exhibition and education programmes open up science in a way that fires the imaginations of our young people. And it is most welcome that Intel has committed to supporting the gallery's education programme. The interest and enjoyment that is sparked in young visitors will, I believe, inspire them to consider studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and maths. Ireland's availability of talented graduates in these areas is a key element of the Government's efforts to create jobs. We are second in the world in the field of researching immunology. The Science Gallery's role in combining science subjects with the arts is a great example of bringing disciplines together to further innovation and creativity."

Irish Independent

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