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Do you have your mother’s dimples? Or your father’s hairline? What is it about us that makes us, us? And how much of it actually sets us apart from other human beings and from every other living thing on Earth? Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code begins to unravel the mystery behind the complete set of instructions for every living thing on Earth to grow and function.

It took nearly a decade, three billion dollars, and THOUSANDS of scientists to sequence the human genome in 2003. And thanks to the pioneering work of the Human Genome Project, we are able to know so much more about ourselves, and our world.

In this exhibition, visitors discover how our ability to identify thousands of genes that contribute to disease has helped open the way to more personalized healthcare. See visitors interact with the legal and ethical issues surrounding cutting-edge genomic research and its implications on society. Finally, visitors will see themselves with new context: as an individual, as a member of a family, and as part of the diversity of life on Earth.

Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code was developed and produced by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and the National Institutes of Health National Human Genome Research Institute, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

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RESOURCES

Biology

Natural History

Ethics / Legal 

Genomic Science

 

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