Last Chance to Visit DNA Exhibit; New Exhibit on Infectious Diseases to Open in March

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Maureen O'Leary, Office of News and Public Information, The National Academies
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January 12, 2007Washington, DC – The Marian Koshland Science Museum’s hands-on exhibit on DNA will close Sunday, Feb. 25, to make way for a new exhibit on infectious diseases and global health.

More than 60,000 people have visited "Putting DNA to Work," which explores how DNA sequencing is used to solve many of today's challenges. Visitors can catch a fictional criminal at a display based on the FBI's Combined DNA Index System; pinpoint the genetic mutations responsible for inherited diseases such as sickle cell anemia; and see how scientists quickly identify new infectious diseases using DNA sequencing technologies.

On Saturday, March 31, the museum will open "Infectious Disease: Evolving Challenges to Human Health." This new exhibit will examine the viruses, bacteria, and parasites that cause some of the world's most deadly diseases, including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Using interactive displays, visitors can investigate how vaccines, drugs, and other treatments affect the spread of disease, and explore ways to protect public health in this era of increasing globalization.


The Marian Koshland Science Museum explores the complexities of science and brings current scientific issues to life for the general public through interactive, dynamic exhibits based on reports by the National Academies. Located at 6th and E streets, N.W., the museum is easily accessible by metro at the Gallery Place/Chinatown and Judiciary Square stops. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except Tuesdays. For more information, visit the museum's website.