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DNA and Race: A Hands-On Demonstration

Saturday, March 16, 2013
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 are related to one another. In this demonstration, we’ll explore the relationship between DNA and and the idea of race. Does DNA determine skin color? What’s the relationship between skin color and what we think of as race? Are there any biological or genetic markers that define race? Through a process of chemical extraction, you will get the chance to extract and look at your own DNA! These 20-30 minute interactive programs take place on the 2nd floor of the U-M 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.