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Join us for a family-friendly Saturday at the Museum where you can take a deeper dive into the fascinating world of DNA and genomes!!
Meet local DNA experts and learn about genetic research through hands-on activities:
- Extract your own DNA
- Create beautiful art with a micropipette (a tool used by scientists to deliver small volumes of liquids)
- Make and take home a nucleotide necklace
- Explore DNA transcription with Lego® bricks
- And just for fun, get your face painted — DNA style!
A sampling of the amazing scientists you will meet
|Elisabeth Conradt||U of U Department of Psychology||How the environment can impact gene expression|
U of U Genetic Science Learning Center
|Dr. Cheenu Shrinivasan||Mouse genetics/brain pain signals|
|Emily DiBlasi||U of U Department of Biology|
Tracing the movement of individuals from one place to another
|Richard Clark||U of U Department of Biology||Genomic studies on plants and animals|
|Sandra Haddad||Bay Path University||DNA and forensic science|
|Representatives from Myriad Genetics||Myriad Genetics||Changes in DNA|
|Heather Sarin||Utah Health Department|
|Mary Anne Karren||USTAR Center for Genetic Discovery||Taxonimer|
|Kelsey Rogers||U of U Department of Human Genetics||Virus evolution|
|Yi Qiao||Eccles Institute of Human Genetics||Tumors|
|Michelle Knoll||NHMU Anthropolgy||Ancient DNA|
DNA Fest includes an adult-oriented lecture
Seeking a Killer with Matt Might
2 p.m. in the Swaner Forum, Level 5 at the Museum
Matt is an advisor for the White House Precision Medicine Initiative and an Associate Professor, Computer Science at the University of Utah. Not long after earning his Ph.D. in computer science, Matt Might and his wife Cristina had their first child, a son they named Bertrand. After a few short weeks, Matt and Cristina began to worry that something was wrong as their newborn seemed to be in near constant distress. Read more about Matt's family's story here.