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Genome Dancing

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Sure, plenty of artists have given us their rendition of the genome in an array of materials and presentations. But dance? Indeed, Liz Lerman, winner of the “genius award” from the MacArthur Foundation, spent a year choreographing an opus called “Ferocious Beauty: Genome.” The dance is intended to represent the human genome and related topics, including the history of genetics and social implications.

After a successful premiere at Wesleyan University, the genome dance hit the road. It is currently touring at Duke University and will head to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Mayo Clinic. Next, we hope Lerman and her crew tackle the human proteome: every bit as ferociously beautiful as the genome, but even more complex.

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