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Smithsonian Celebrates Genomics

With funding from the Life Technologies Foundation and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, will open an exhibition honoring the 10th anniversary of the human genome in 2013.

Elizabeth Duggal, associate director for public programs at the museum, tells the Associated Press that "genetic research is probably one of the most important components of the 21st century in terms of life science advances."

In a statement, Life Tech CEO Greg Lucier says that "what science has taught us about genomics in the last 10 years will undoubtedly be dwarfed by the revolutionary advancements to come." He adds that the goal of sponsorship from the philanthropic arm of his firm is to "educate visitors to this exhibit on the powerful information we can now unlock within their DNA as a result of the Human Genome Project, and the impact it will have in medicine and their daily lives."

Our sister publication GenomeWeb Daily News has more on the National Museum of Natural History exhibit.

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