An interactive Smithsonian exhibit that celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Human Genome Project is being developed by the National Human Genome Research Institute, part of the NIH, and the National Museum of Natural History. It is scheduled to open in 2013 with Life Technologies as the lead sponsor supporting the project.

The goal is to give museum visitors a first hand view of sequencing and other exciting lab activities that result in ground breaking science such as the Human Genome Project. 

Life Technologies sequencing instruments played a critical role in the Human Genome Project, the international endeavor launched in 1990 to map the 6 billion base pairs in a single human genome. Completed in 2003, the daring initiative laid the foundation for a better understanding of the role that genetics plays in health and disease.

Much of what has been learned as a result of the Human Genome Project is now being applied in biomedical research to guide treatment and drive the innovation of new technologies for the Life Sciences industry such as the development of the Ion Proton™ Sequencer and Ion PGM™ Sequencer - the personal genome machine. 

The Ion PGM™ Sequencer is ideal for sequencing genes, small genomes, panels of genes, or performing gene expression profiling. The Ion Proton™ Sequencer is ideal for sequencing both exomes – regions in the DNA that code for protein – and human genomes.

This exhibit will showcase technologies as these and the future of genomics along with a broad range of themes associated with the genomics revolution, including: major breakthroughs in genomic science like links between genes and disease; cutting-edge work in genomically guided drug therapies for application in personalized medicine; and ethical, legal and social issues related to advances in the field.

The exhibit will also honor the 60th anniversary of Drs. James Watson and Francis Crick’s discovery of the double-helix, the structure that makes up the double-stranded molecules of all DNA.

About Life Technologies Foundation
The Life Technologies Foundation is dedicated to advancing science education and changing perspectives on how the application of biology can address societal needs. In particular, the Foundation supports programs that accelerate the adoption and understanding of genomics in healthcare; Global Exhibitions, Science Festivals, and projects that advance life science education among today's educators and tomorrow's scientists.