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DNA: The Source Code: A Hands-On Demonstration

Saturday, June 23, 2012
12:00 AM
Museum of Natural History

Deoxyribonucleic Acid, or DNA, tells our cells how to build the proteins and tissues that make our bodies. Exploring the details of this chemical code, scientists gain insight into how organisms function and how they have evolved. In this demonstration, we’ll start with a whole banana and go through a process of chemical extraction to obtain fairly pure DNA. Next, we’ll learn how museum scientists use DNA to aid in conservation of species and to find information about evolutionary history. We can even use DNA to help us find treatments for diseases. These 20-30 minute interactive programs take place on the 2nd floor of the Museum of Natural History. They include both brief presentations highlighting university research and engaging hands-on activities. They are suitable for adults and children, ages 5 and up.There is something for everyone during this interactive and fascinating demonstration! Hands-on demos are 20-30 minute interactive programs combining brief presentations highlighting university research with engaging hands-on activities. They are suitable for adults and children, ages 5 and up.