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Where Did You Come From? Who Are You? Witte Museum Presents Genome: The Secret of How Life Works
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January, 2009

Did you know that 50% of your DNA is the same as a potato? Did you know that 99.9% of your DNA is the same as your best friend? Experience the amazing world of human genetics at the Witte Museum through GENOME: The Secret of How Life Works, on view in the Kathleen and Curtis Gunn Gallery February 7 through May 25, 2009.

This family-fun exhibit explores the microscopic world of DNA and allows visitors to discover where they came from, who they are and who they may become. Featuring 5,000 square feet of hands-on discoveries, people of all ages are encouraged to learn more about genome mapping and how it can positively impact lives. GENOME displays the genetic recipe for life and stirs in interesting facts of cell exploration and details a 200-year old history of genetic discovery.

Experience the genomic science of solving crimes, curing genetic diseases and improving the production of drugs and foods.

Using a unique approach to learning, this exhibition provides an active way to understanding genome research. GENOME features a grand eight-foot-tall, 25-foot-long genetic model of the DNA double helix, a Discovery Theater that displays intriguing video of passionate stories on genomic discoveries, a Hereditary Slot Machine that reveals the odds of children inheriting genes for specific characteristics and a Cookie Factory, simulating the production of genes and proteins as the ingredients and recipes to the making of human life.

GENOME is made possible by Pfizer Inc and was produced by Evergreen Exhibitions in collaboration with the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research.

GENOME: The Secret of How Life Works at the Witte Museum is generously supported by the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the George and Fay Young Foundation and the City of San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs.

There is a $3 surcharge in addition to museum general admission for GENOME: The Secret of How Life Works. For more information call 210.357.1900 or visit

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