Biomedical breakthroughs

Herd Immunity table, Biomedical Breakthroughs exhibition. Source: Museum VictoriaPhoto: Mark Gambino.

Biomedical breakthroughs – a new view of you, Melbourne Museum, October 2016

How well do you know your physical self? You probably know your blood type but do you know how your immune system works? What your blood cells actually do? Or why your own body might start to attack itself?

Created in partnership with two of the world’s leading medical research and innovative medicines organisations based in Melbourne – CSL and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research – Biomedical Breakthroughs explores their history of groundbreaking medical research and what it means for each and every one of us.

Ranging across topics such as the Immune System, Blood, Antivenoms, Infection and Antibiotics, Autoimmune Diseases, and Curing Cancer, this stunning contemporary exhibition looks at the ways in which medical research has changed the lives not only of Melburnians, but has saved and enhanced those of countless billions around the world.

Biomedical Breakthroughs turns the microscope onto the extraordinary biology inside each of us. Breathtaking cellular animations by artist Drew Berry and the ‘ibod’ life-sized animations of the circulatory system turn the body inside out for all to see.

This exhibition also features interactive elements such as a ‘molecule-spinner’ that is used by laboratory scientists to identify cancer cells and a ‘space invaders’ game that demonstrates how your immune system fights off alien viruses.

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