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Opening on June 14, 2013, Genome: Unlocking Life's Code will be shown at the National Museum of Natural History until Sept. 1, 2014.

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GENOME: Unlocking Life's Code


A yearlong collaboration of special programs complementing the exhibition Genome: Unlocking Life's Code at the National Museum of Natural History.

Programming is made possible thanks to generous grants and gifts made through the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.

Note: The featured programs below have already occurred (Sept. 2013 to Sept. 2014).

 

Program Summary

Searching for Your Roots
Thurs., Sept. 12, 2013, 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Join Henry Louis Gates Jr. of the PBS series Finding Your Roots as he reveals their ancestral backgrounds to Lonnie Bunch of the National Museum of African American History and Culture and Gwen Ifill of Washington Week.

Presented in partnership with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Museum of Natural History, and the National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health.

This event was webcast. If you are interested in watching the footage, please click here.


Real-Life Genome Stories
Thurs., Nov. 21, 2013, 6:45 to 8:45 p.m.

Bioethicist and professor Doris Zallen leads small-group conversations centering around issues of health and ancestry raised by genetics testing. Experts also explore the potential of genetic testing for learning ancestral background.

Presented in partnership with the National Museum of Natural History and the National Human Genome Research Institute with support from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health and Ancestry.com.


Genomics, Hollywood Style
Wed., Jan. 29, 2014, 6:45 to 8:45 p.m.

Genomic science often plays a razzle-dazzle role in films and television shows such as CSI, Jurassic Park, and Gattaca, among others. Meet an important supporting player: Dr. Wayne Grody, the technical advisor who makes sure Hollywood gets genomics right.


Is Genetic Information Different?
Thurs., Feb. 6, 2014, 6:45 to 8:45 p.m.

New and often-complex ethical and medical questions have emerged as genetic testing becomes more widespread. Two debaters with extensive experience in genetics and genomics address the issues in a lively event in which the audience plays a key role.

Presented in partnership with the National Museum of Natural History and the National Human Genome Research Institute with support from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.


Finding Our Inner Neanderthal: Evolutionary Geneticist Svante Paabo's DNA Quest
Tues., March 25, 2014, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Can the DNA of extinct humans provide a clue to our origins? Noted researcher Svante Paabo discusses a groundbreaking investigation that led to new genetic and geographic connections between Homo sapiens and our ancient ancestors.

Presented in partnership with the National Museum of Natural History and the National Human Genome Research Institute with support from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.


The Drama of DNA: Genomics on Stage
Thurs., April 10, 2014, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Four playwrights examine how they transformed some fascinating and complex topics rooted in genetics into compelling theater. Staged readings of scenes from the authors' plays complement the discussion.

Presented in partnership with the National Museum of Natural History and the National Human Genome Research Institute with support from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.


DNA Mix in the Museum
Fri., June 27, 2014, 6:45 to 9:30 p.m.

The Natural History Museum's exhibition Genome: Unlocking Life's Code provides the inspiration and the setting for an event that mixes socializing and science to create a party as unique as a strand of your own DNA.

Presented in partnership with the National Museum of Natural History and the National Human Genome Research Institute with support from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.


Synthesizing Art and Science Through the Senses
Exploring the Aesthetics of DNA

Tues., Sept. 23, 2014, 6:45 to 8:45 p.m.

A panel of artisis, scholars, and scientists comes together for a fascinating conversation on how arts and popular culture can provide unique insights into the narrative of human history told through our DNA. Afterward, raise a glass to the science and the art of winemaking in a special tasting.

Made possible by generous grants and gifts through the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.


 

 

Presented in Partnership with the National Museum of Natural History, the National Human
Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health

 

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