26 A level students sacrificed one precious week of their summer holidays for the sake of science. For 5 days they took part in the IMI Summer School at the Institute of Microbiology and Infection, here in the School of Biosciences, and got some of those mysterious microbiology questions answered! 

IMI summer school

What is lurking in our houses, and how do we get rid of them?
Are all microbes our enemies?
How do you distinguish between different microbes?
How do you purify DNA, and how can you visualize it?
And most importantly, what does it really mean to be a scientist at IMI, and what do they do?

See the full story on the IMI blog here.