• Question: have any of you dicovered a new organism

    Asked by rosieluther to Alex, Amy, Andy, Georgia, Ollie on 17 Jun 2011.
    • Photo: Alex Munro

      Alex Munro answered on 10 Jun 2011:

      No, not me… I’m working with data from two large studies; one of these has been ‘following’ people since they were born in 1946! Data is collected from them on all sorts of things during their lifetime, and scientists use this data to try to find out what causes diseases and ill-health in older age…

    • Photo: Georgia Campbell

      Georgia Campbell answered on 10 Jun 2011:

      I haven’t … but all the samples I work with are from people, so it might be a bit scary to find something new living in human cells!

    • Photo: Amy Reeve

      Amy Reeve answered on 11 Jun 2011:

      I haven’t discovered one. Like Georgia it would be pretty hard for me to since i work with Human tissue…but it would be so cool to discover one!

    • Photo: Andy MacLeod

      Andy MacLeod answered on 16 Jun 2011:

      I haven’t Rosie. I work with human DNA sequences. The best I can hope for is a new gene.

      What’s more likely is that I’ll find a new function for an old gene.

    • Photo: Ollie Russell

      Ollie Russell answered on 17 Jun 2011:

      I havent.. although you can! If you go into any open space (even your backgarden) the chances are that you will see something that has never been described in science!