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Genome: Unlocking Life's Code

Genome: Unlocking Life's Code

Open through Sunday, April 29


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 not only other human beings but from every other living thing on Earth?

Genome: Unlocking Life's Code begins to unravel the mystery behind the complete set of instructions needed for every living thing on Earth to grow and function: the genome.

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 starting to know so much more about ourselves, and our world.

Your genome is a roadmap that can help you trace your ancestral past, and take charge of your future health. Discover how our newfound ability to identify thousands of genes that contribute to disease has helped open the way to more personalized healthcare. Weigh in on the legal and ethical issues surrounding cutting-edge genomic research and its implications on society.

Explore stories of species diversity, de-extinction, and more! Discover how the collections at the RMSC have helped scientists gain new insights and learn about why zoological collections are important to scientific research.

See yourself in a new way: as an individual, as a member of a family, and as part of the diversity of life on Earth.


The Geckos of "Genome: Unlocking Life's Code"

In this exhibition,  you'll find four leopard geckos representing different genetic traits in their color and patterns. See what one of our geckos is up to with our live Gecko Cam!

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What is a Genome?



About Genome

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Genome: Unlocking Life's Code was developed and produced by the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the National Institutes for Health's National Human Genome Research Institute in association with Science North and made possible in part by financial support from Life Technologies and other sponsors.





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