Exhibit Genome: The Secret of How Life Works will open at the Indiana State Museum Jan. 22 and will remain on exhibit May 8. ‘Genome: The Secret of How Life Works’ will open at the Indiana State Museum Jan. 22 with free admission to twins and other multiples, and two-for-one admission for other guests. Learn facts like that you share 50 percent of your DNA with a banana and a whopping 99.9 percent with your best friend or how scientists use DNA evidence to catch criminals.
Genome is an interactive, educational family exhibit designed to help children and their parents understand the genome’s function and its role in daily life. Visitors will be able to explore a 25-foot-long model of a DNA double helix, piece together a DNA puzzle, navigate a large cell and look up the “recipe” for hair color in a giant genetic recipe book. The “Heredity Slot Machine” demonstrates the odds that you will inherit genes for certain characteristics, while “Reality Check” takes a look at the reality behind some popular movies such as Jurassic Park. Visitors also can investigate how scientists are using knowledge of genes to improve health today and discover how DNA analysis has helped solve crimes and mysteries.
The Genome exhibition also showcases the Human Genome Project, a worldwide project that mapped the 30,000-plus human genes. The Human Genome Project has enormous implications in the race to find a cure for cancer, Alzheimer’s and other, currently incurable diseases.
The museum will host Multiples Day on Saturday, Jan. 22 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. All twins, triplets and other multiples will receive free admission to the museum. All other visitors to the museum on Multiples Day will receive a two-for-one discount on museum admission. Multiples in attendance also will receive a complimentary souvenir Genome T-shirt while supplies last.
In conjunction with the Genome exhibition, Genes and Your Health explores cutting-edge research in the area of genetic-related diseases. The exhibit will be up through May 26.
Plus, the IMAX Theater in the Indiana State Museum will show The Human Body film, which presents a look at the biological processes that takes place beneath the skin. IMAX tickets are sold separately. For information, call 233-IMAX (4629). For museum information, call 232-1637, www.indianamuseum.org.