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When visitors to the Museum of Science, Boston, attend the upcoming “Hall of Human Life” exhibit, they will learn how the science of genetics and genomics is shaping personalized medicine and how the study of the human genome could lead to more medical breakthroughs and innovations.
This is thanks in part to the BWH researchers who contributed their expertise to this 13,000-square-foot permanent exhibit and related programs that will showcase discoveries in human biology. The exhibit is scheduled to open in 2013.
“I’m very excited to be part of this project because no one does it better than the Museum of Science staff,” said Michael Murray, MD, clinical chief, Division of Genetics, who along with Raju Kucherlapati, PhD, of the Department of Medicine, hosted one of two workshops for Museum of Science staff on genetics. “They have the ability to take complex topics and break it down so visitors can understand it and relate to it.”
The exhibit will foster a view of human biology that takes into account the interrelated roles of genetics, environment and behavior.
Cynthia Morton, PhD, director of Cytogenetics, said working with the Museum of Science provides an opportunity to educate the public on how genetics is leading the way to predict and prevent health conditions that put patients at risk for heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes, among other diseases.
“The more we know about the science of genetics and the role it plays, the more likely we will be able to optimize our health care,” said Morton.
Jacqueline Slavik, PhD, executive director of the Biomedical Research Institute, said BWH’s contribution to the exhibit also helps to raise awareness about research at BWH.
“Every day our researchers continue to make strides in the field, and having the opportunity to share it with the public in this unique way is a tremendous honor,” Slavik said.