04 May 2011
Posted in Press and Media
Come See What Makes You Uniquely You
Saturday, May 7, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
ORLANDO, FL - May 3, 2011 - Discover the surprising similarities in our human blueprints during a day of DNA at the Orlando Science Center on Saturday, May 7! Thanks to the support of the National Human Genome Research Institute, the Orlando Science Center presents its first ever Annual DNA Day Celebration! Learn all about this amazing molecule during this day-long event featuring activities, speakers, tours and presentations that explore DNA through four basic ideas: health, research, everyday life, and careers.
See your own genetic blueprint and add your own imprint to the Orlando Science Center’s real-time, growing virtual helix. Witness genetic science unwrap a 3000 year old forensic case in Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs on the giant screen of the Dr. Phillips CineDome. Tour the exhibition of DNArt where several staff members have poured their blood, sweat and cheek swabs into these personal portraits. Also, check out DNA art from local VIPs, including Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. Plus, create genetic jewelry, including bracelets and pendants representing your own DNA.
DNA is common to every living thing, yet makes each unique in its own way. Advancing technologies open scientists to new understanding of this amazing molecule, and its potential for careers of the future. Encounter local genetic experts from the Florida Academy of Science in the Darden Theater as they present on various topics, inlcuding stem cell research, biotechnology, genetic counseling, the relationship of DNA to cancer and DNA and marine life.
In between speakers, visitors can join in on the genetic fun during a competition called "Humans Being Humans." Watch your fellow guests compare genetic traits to see who has the most dominant features! Guests can also participate in Skype interviews with genetic scientists from New York's Cold Harbor Springs Labs. Learn from Dr. Emily Hodges about neanderthal DNA, Dr. Dick McCombe will train you on the genetic sequencing of DNA and Dr. Doreen Ware will speak about navigating the maize of plant genomics.
This day of engaging science is part of the Orlando Science Center’s effort to excite, entertain and educate the public about DNA as well as the impact of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Attending DNA Day is included in the price of admission to the Orlando Science Center and free for Science Center members. For additional information, visit call 407.514.2000.