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Hussman Institute Celebrates National DNA Day with Frost Science Museum

More than 2,800 attendees learned about the significance of genomic research.

The day honors the discovery of the DNA double helix in 1953 and the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003. The annual event also invites students, educators and the community to celebrate the impact of the latest advances in genomic research. to get to know and celebrate.

Scientists from the Hussman Institute teamed up with Frost Science to provide hands-on genomics experiences to 2,800 museum visitors on National DNA Day.

“This is the second year in a row that we have been able to raise community awareness about genetics and ongoing technologies, while at the same time generating interest in science through fun and engaging activities,” said Margaret Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., director of the Hussman Institute and the executive vice chairman of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation, professor of human genetics. “This event stimulates curiosity and introduces children to genetics, which can be a complicated subject, in a creative way that is easily accessible.”

Nine interactive sessions made up the day’s program as participants embarked on an exciting DNA-based adventure. During sessions, participants can create their own DNA strand from sweets, unravel the secrets of CRISPR genome editing and extract DNA from strawberries.

“Each of our genomes tells a unique story, especially about where we come from and how that affects our traits and potentially our health,” said Dr. Griswold. “I was impressed by the interest shown by the young people at the event and their desire to learn more about genomics and how it will impact our entire future.”

More than just an educational event, National DNA Day was a celebration of community and shared curiosity. Participants of all ages explored the wonders of genomics, as the event fostered a sense of camaraderie and connection.

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