Join The Natural History Museum’s Microverse project


The Natural History Museum are looking for secondary schools across the UK to collaborate with them on cutting-edge genetic research.

Perfect for A-Level Biology classes or equivalent, The Microverse aims to discover and better understand microorganisms that survive in extreme urban environments.

The project explores buildings as habitats where microorganisms have little access to nutrients, experience both wet and dry conditions, and can be exposed to high levels of pollution.

Schools will collect microorganisms from a local building and send them to the Natural History Museum for DNA analysis.

All participating schools will receive a free pack that includes:

  • full instructions
  • all the equipment you need to take part
  • suggested lesson plans and supporting resources
  • a results report once the samples have been DNA sequenced

Visit The Microverse page on the Natural History Museum’s website to sign-up for this fantastic citizen science project.


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