Beginning this month, the John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science will offer Houstonians a glimpse at the 0.5 percent variation in human genetics and its impact on human health through the opening of its new traveling exhibition Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code.
The new exhibition will reveal the mystery behind DNA and how it connects to every living thing; encourage visitors to better understand the human genome; and provide a new way to think about ourselves as individuals, as members of a family; and as part of the diversity of life on Earth.
Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code – which will be on display at The Health Museum through Sept. 11, – is organized around three content areas: The Genome Within Us; Your Genome, Your Health; and Connections: Natural World and Genomic Journey.
“As a member institution of Texas Medical Center, we are excited to make this sophisticated knowledge of genetic and hereditary information available to all Houstonians,” said Dr. Melanie Johnson, President and CEO of The Health Museum. “The work of the Smithsonian Institution and the National Institutes of Health in this exhibition is not to be missed.”
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.
The exhibition examines the complexities of the genome — the complete set of genetic or hereditary material of a living organism — and chronicles the remarkable breakthroughs that have taken place since the completion of the Human Genome Project more than a decade ago.
With cutting-edge interactives, 3D models, custom animations and engaging videos of real-life stories, the exhibition examines both the benefits and the challenges that genomics presents to modern society.
From the moment visitors enter the exhibition, they will find themselves immersed in an interactive, futuristic environment that communicates the revolutionary nature of genomics.
Through examples of how genome science can affect one’s life in ordinary and extraordinary ways, visitors will also come to learn how genomics can affect perspectives about health, identity, and the place of humans in the natural world.
Access to Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code is included with the price of admission at The Health Museum – 1515 Hermann Drive, Houston. For more information about the traveling exhibit, visit www.thehealthmuseum.org/exhibit/genome or call 713-521-1515.
The exhibit was made possible in part by financial support secured by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.