Are you at risk for developing a hereditary cancer or rare disease? Do you have genetic factors that may affect the way you respond to certain medications?
These are just some of the ways genetics may impact your health. Come learn about the genome – the complete set of instructions that help your body grow and function.
Explore how inherited traits affect your life and your health at the “Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code” exhibit at the Rochester Art Center (RAC) from June 23-Sept. 21.
The exhibit was developed by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Institutes of Health’s National Human Genome Research Institute. Mayo Clinic is the first medical center to sponsor the traveling exhibit.
“Genomics is becoming more integrated into routine medical care for many conditions. That’s why it is so important for each of us to understand how genomics impacts our health and risk for disease. With this knowledge, we can make better decisions about our health care. We are excited to sponsor the exhibit so that visitors can learn firsthand about the science behind genomics as well as how it is already enhancing the lives of patients through individualized care,” says Timothy Curry, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Center for Individualized Medicine Education program.
Journey through the genome
Tour the three exhibit galleries to discover what a genome is, how it relates to medicine and health, and how it connects you to all of life on the planet, both past and present. Within each area, numerous topics are explored through the latest imagery on genomics, 3-D models, hands-on activities and videos.
You can also attend special events to hear experts in genomics and medicine:
Additional exhibits highlight a variety of topics:
See genomics through the artist’s lens
In addition to the Genome exhibit, you can view works by local artists and two special art exhibitions:
Finally, you’ll want to stop in to the Genome Zone, an area that has interactive, hands-on art activities for all ages. Express yourself and celebrate what makes you unique.
For more information about the exhibit, see the complete schedule of special events and presentations here.
“Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code” is made possible in part by support from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.
The Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine is sponsoring the exhibit with benefactor support.
Join us at this year's Individualizing Medicine Conference
See the “Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code” exhibit when you attend this year’s Individualizing Medicine Conference on Sept. 12-13, in Rochester, Minnesota. The conference is sponsored by the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine and brings together precision medicine experts from Mayo Clinic and around the world to share how the latest genomic discoveries are advancing patient care.
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