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Jeans for Genes day volunteers

Thanks to everyone who became a Volunteer and helped us sell badges on Jeans for Genes Day, Friday 5 August 2011

It was lots of fun and very easy to participate. If you’d like to become a volunteer in 2012, all you need to do is gather your friends, family and/or colleagues, register online at www.jeansforgenes.org.au/volunteer and turn up on the day. The Community Fundraising Co-Ordinator will be in contact with you to discuss meeting points and any other relevant information.

Alternatively, you can organise to hold a Jeans for Genes fundraising event at work, school or in your community. For more information or to register now, visit www.jeansforgenes.org.au.

Don’t wait any longer, help us make a difference by registering to Volunteer this Jeans for Genes Day @ jeansforgenes.org.au/volunteers. You will not be disappointed!

You Can Make a Difference

Your $5 (Double Helix badge) donation will buy:

  • 50 PCR tubes: These are required make large numbers of copies of small pieces of DNA. These DNA sequences can then be analysed to identify changes in genes that might cause a disease or might influence the severity of an inherited condition.
  • A plastic 96-in-one test-tube: This test tube allows CMRI scientists to carry out 96 tests on potential epilepsy drugs at once, instead of individually. This will help us speed up the pace of research into improved treatments for epilepsy.
  • 20 petri dishes: CMRI scientists grow bacteria in petri dishes where they can live, reproduce and make copies of a particular gene. The Gene Therapy Research Unit at CMRI uses bacteria as a means to produce normal copies of a particular gene. These genes are being used to develop treatments for diseases such as severe combined immunodeficiency disease and liver disease to name a few.
  • A sheet of X-ray film: The CMRI cancer research labs use this to detect the length of chromosome ends in populations of cancer cells. This is an important part of this team’s research into understanding the mechanism(s) of sustained cancer cell growth.
  • A box of disposable gloves: Gloves are compulsory and essential items to enable scientists to conduct daily research. Altogether, CMRI scientists use approximately 8 packs of gloves each day.