NHGRI Employees Visit NIH Children's Inn To Make DNA Bracelets for National DNA Day
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) employees recently paid a visit to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Children's Inn to show patients, their family members and Children's Inn staff how to make their own piece of modern art — a DNA bracelet, as part of this month's National DNA Day activities.
The NIH Children's Inn hosts patients and family members while they are at NIH for medical appointments and treatments. They offer a variety of activities for these special guests on a daily basis.
The bracelet activity is part of Dr. Horn's educational program, "Beading Into Bioinformatics," which familiarizes participants with the four nucleotide bases that make up DNA: adenine (A), thymine (T), guanine (G) and cytosine (C). Participants make the bracelets to get a taste of the process scientists use to analyze and interpret genetic information. The colorful bracelet reminds them of what they learned.
NHGRI staff teamed up with participants to familiarize them with DNA and its four-letter code. The participants then chose four colorful beads and assigned each color to either A, T, C or G. Then, they chose 18 letters of sequence. If the first letter was A, they would put the corresponding color of bead on the bracelet. They continued this until they had 18 beads on their unique bracelet.
Other NHGRI staff in attendance were Sanja Basaric, Policy Program Analysis Branch, Maggie Bartlett, Communications and Public Liaison Branch (CPLB), Michelle Hamlet, Ph.D., Division of Intramural Research Training Office, Geoffrey Spencer, CPLB and Dawn Wayman, Social and Behavioral Research Branch.
Last Reviewed: February 28, 2012