Catching strawberry DNA and leukemia cells
Once the lab coat was put on and the life-size bear from KiKa was greeted, the young researchers went to work with the researchers from the Máxima Center. Children learned how to extract DNA from a strawberry, where the organs in our body are located, how cells are stored in the biobank and how to use computers to read the genes in DNA. They also compared healthy cells with tumor cells under the microscope, caught leukemia cells with a scoop net and attacked tumor cells with 'T-cell sandbags'.
During the Máxima lectures, children and parents took seats in the auditorium. Dr. Ruben van Boxtel, Dr. Mirjam Belderbos and PhD student Debbie Stavleu took the audience into the world of research, DNA and stem cells. In short, a very successful day where children got a look behind the scenes of our research hospital.