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Inside DNA

Inside DNA exhibition featured on BBC East Midlands Today watch the article online.

Inside DNA: A Genomic Revolution

24th November 2012 – 7th April 2013
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

Inside DNA is a unique new exhibition all about you… your health, your identity and your ancestry.


The exhibition is your opportunity to explore the developments and hear from leading researchers. What are their views and experiences of genomic research? And what impact will their research have on you and on your family’s future?

Search a crime scene, collect the DNA evidence - can you catch the murderer? Compare your genetic characteristics with those of other visitors, find out how similar we are to apes and Neanderthals and explore how understanding genetics is improving healthcare.

Inside DNA features interactive exhibits that offer an insight into cutting edge science. Find out how many other people have the same hair, eye and skin colour as you and search through one family’s health history by exploring their family tree.

Designed to provoke questions and stimulate debate, Inside DNA will encourage you to explore issues such as the role of our genes and environment in our health, identity and evolution. It delves into ethical questions such as whether genetic testing will lead to discrimination, who will benefit most from genetic medicines, and the role of DNA databases.

Starting in 2013, look out for a scientist on gallery. At set times, there will be scientists from the University of Leicester available to answer any questions you may have about the exhibition content and the science behind the displays.

Funded by The Wellcome Trust, the UKs largest charity, the exhibition is the result of a partnership between the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) and At-Bristol, a leading science centre in the UK, with scientific support from the world renowned Sanger Institute in Cambridge.

* Please note above promotional video recorded at a previous Inside DNA tour location.

Free Admission

Opening Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Sunday: 11.00am - 5.00pm

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA

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T: 0116 225 4900
E: museums@leicester.gov.uk
W: www.leicester.gov.uk/insidedna

Events

All events take place at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery. To book, or for more information, please call 0116 225 4900.

Lunchtime Lecture Series *

In partnership with GENIE (Genetics Education Networking for Innovation and
Excellence) at the University of Leicester, the exhibition will be complemented
by a lunchtime lecture series with a programme of six guest lectures. Lectures
are free to attend, pre-booking recommended, to book call 0116 225 4900.

The Human Genome: The History Book Within Us
Tuesday 18th December
1.00pm – 2.00pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
A fascinating talk on The Human Genome: The History Book within us by Professor Mark Jobling, Department of Genetics, University of Leicester. DNA is a message from our ancestors. The availability of the sequence of the human genome, together with spectacular new technologies for characterising human genetic variation, are allowing us to decipher this message with unprecedented clarity.

Breathless Genes: The Lung and the Short of it
Tuesday 29th January
1.00pm – 2.00pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Professor Martin Tobin, Departments of Genetics and Health Sciences, University of Leicester describes research which has discovered genetic variants that affect lung health and which partially explain why some smokers develop more severe lung disease than others. His talk will also introduce the recent launch of the world’s largest genetic study of lung health and disease.

Meet your Genome
Tuesday 19th February
1.00pm - 2.00pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

A fascinating talk by Dr Ed Hollox, Department of Genetics, University of Leicester entitled 'Meet your genome'.

Dr Turi King, Department of Historical Studies, University of Leicester - These Sons of York: genetic genealogy, ancestry and the Richard III case
Tuesday 26th February
1.00pm - 2.00pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Dr Turi King lead the DNA analysis of the putative remains of Richard III and will talk about the genetics behind the case as well as her research on surnames, genetics genealogy and ancestry. Due to anticipated demand for this talk, pre-booking is essential, please call 0116 225 4900.

Using genetics to discover therapies for brain disease
Tuesday 19th March

1.00pm - 2.00pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Dr Flaviano Giorgini, Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, - Using genetics to discover therapies for brain disease.

What tiny fruit flies tell us about our genetics and the brain
Tuesday 26th March

1.00pm - 2.00pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Dr Eran Tauber Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, - What tiny fruit flies tell us about our genetics and the brain.


Family Events

Inside DNA: Collage of Faces
Saturday 12th January
11.00am – 4.00pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

Come and create a collage of face using DNA sequences inspired by the new exhibition. Drop-in event, £2.50 for materials. 0116 225 4900.

Inside DNA: Deep Sea Monsters!
Saturday 26th January
11.00am – 1.00pm & 2.00pm – 4.00pm

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Who knows what we are still to find lurking at the bottom of the sea, come and create your own deep sea monster using a mixture of muddled DNA! Drop-in event, £2.50 for materials. 0116 225 4900.

Inside DNA: Brilliant Bracelets!
Saturday 9th February
11.00am – 1.00pm & 2.00pm – 4.00pm

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Come and create beautiful bright or subtle pastel beaded bracelets with different animal DNA sequences. Drop-in event, £2.50 for materials.


February Half-Term Activities *
Tuesday 12th – Friday 15th February
11.00am – 12.00pm & 2.00pm – 3.00pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Join the GENIE team for an exciting range of free activities to discover more about DNA this February Half-Term with activities including:

Freaky flies: See some flies with genetic mutations through the microscope – which one is which?  Draw a picture of a freaky fly.

DNA from a banana: Have a go at extracting DNA from a banana using household materials.

DNA models: Understand what DNA looks like and build a DNA model.

Race for the human genome: How did they sequence the human genome? Try for yourself!

Please pre-book one of free sessions, to book please call 0116 225 4900. Activities suitable for ages 5 and above, all children to be accompanied by an adult.

February Half-Term: Ask an Expert *
Tuesday 12th – Friday 15th February
12.00pm – 1.00pm & 3.00pm – 4.00pm

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
To follow the creative activities, a scientist from University of Leicester will also be on hand in the gallery to answer your queries about DNA and to give you a chance to find out more about the science behind the exhibition.

Inside DNA: DNA Origami
Saturday 23rd February
11.00am – 1.00pm & 2.00pm – 4.00pm

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
A DNA helix is a beautiful and complex structure, visit the museum and create your own splendid origami Helix! Drop-in event, £2.50 for materials. 0116 225 4900.

* Events programme in partnership with GENIE (Genetics Education Networking for Innovation and Excellence) is the UK’s Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) in Genetics. Established in 2005 within the world-renowned Department of Genetics of the University of Leicester. www.le.ac.uk/genie


National Science and Engineering Week*
15th - 24th March 2013, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

GENIE’s Dynamic DNA comes to New Walk Museum & Art Gallery to offer schools an opportunity to bring their year 9/10 pupils as part of National Science and Engineering Week.

The GENIE team will be offering an exciting range of hands-on activities and opportunity to explore the Inside DNA exhibition. To find out more, or to make a booking, please email genie@le.ac.uk

Inside DNA Schools & Family Resources
A series of free resources are available for schools and families to use that stimulate discussion and activity. A self-led resource pack is available to collect, free of charge, from the museum’s reception. Suitable for KS3 and above, the pack contains four discussion workshops and includes facilitator instructions and materials.

Fact and discussion cards are available to pick up in the gallery to help explore a selection of the interactive zones. For more details or to book the self-led resource pack, contact the Learning Office on 0116 225 4910.