News › Local MP becomes a scientist for a day at Rothamsted Research
11 January 2005
St Albans MP Kerry Pollard tried his hand at molecular biology when he visited the laboratory of Dr Lin Field at Rothamsted Research on Friday 7th January. He conducted a chemical assay to determine whether aphids have high levels of an enzyme that makes them resistant to insecticides. The assay, developed at Rothamsted, is an important tool for scientists in diagnosing problems with insect resistance to pesticides.
Kerry Pollard and Lin field were participating in an MP-scientist 'pairing' scheme run by the Royal Society - the UK national academy of science. Kerry Pollard said: "I found the whole visit absolutely fascinating. The scientists at Rothamsted are carrying out ground-breaking work on insect molecular biology."
Related links› The Royal Society
Contacts› Linda Field
Notes to EditorsThe Royal Society is an independent academy promoting the natural and applied sciences. Founded in 1660, the Society has three roles, as the UK academy of science, as a learned Society, and as a funding agency.
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