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Genome: Unlocking Life's Code

Genome Unlocking Life's Code - An interactive kiosk at the exhibition, gobo girl with letters of T C G A,  the elephant at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum with DNA helices in the background

The Genome Unlocking Life's Code Exhibition

On June 14, 2013, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. opened the high-tech, high-intensity exhibition Genome: Unlocking Life's Code to celebrate the 10th anniversary of researchers producing the first complete human genome sequence - the genetic blueprint of the human body - in April 2003. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) of the National Institutes of Health.

Ongoing Programs

Information to Enhance Your Visit

The Genomics Landscape a Decade After the Human Genome Project
Information and events about the 10th anniversary of the the Human Genome Project completion.

Genome: Unlocking Life's Code - Videos and Animations

Information About The Smithsonian NHGRI Exhibition

Past Planning Information

About the Exhibition's Funding

Funds for the Smithsonian-NHGRI exhibition and related initiatives were raised privately by both the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.

Already, Life Technologies Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Life Technologies Corp. of Carlsbad, Calif., has pledged $3 million to fund the production of the exhibition itself. Additionally, more than $500,000 has been raised through the Foundation for The National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md., and from the Brin Wojcicki Foundation of Palo Alto, Calif.; the Celgene Corporation of Summit, N.J.; Pacific Biosciences of Menlo Park, Calif., Pac Bio president and chief executive officer Mike Hunkapiller, Ph.D., and his wife Beth; the New England Biolabs of Ipswich, Mass.; and from Genentech, Inc. of South San Francisco, Calif.

The Smithsonian NHGRI Exhibition Advisory Board

Learn about the people who helped to create the new exhibition: NMNH/NHGRI Advisory Board

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Last Updated: May 9, 2017