Genetics

Closing Symposium to Commemorate Genome Exhibit at Smithsonian Museum

By John Lugo

The tour of the exhibit Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code will be recognized at a closing symposium September 30 in Washington, D.C., and anyone interested can register to attend for free.

The event will take place at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium. It will begin at 1 p.m. with a discussion titled “The Future of Genomics.” Speakers will include Anne Wojcicki, CEO and co-founder of 23andMe, and Richard Lifton, professor of genetics and medicine at Yale University.

The second discussion, “Genomics and Global Health,” will begin at 3:15 p.m. and will include Pardis Sabeti, Harvard University associate professor and senior associate member of the Broad Institute, and Charles Rotimi, chief and senior investigator and director of the Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health at the National Human Genome Research Institute.

A discussion about health issues, genetics, and disease will begin at 6:45 p.m. and will be hosted by Washington Post advice columnist Carolyn Hax. Barbara Biesecker, of the NHGRI and The Johns Hopkins University Genetic Counseling Program, and David Valle, of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will join her in the program.

The exhibit opened in June 2013 to interactively show visitors the dynamics of the genome, from decoding to presenting the ethical dilemmas in the field. Readers can learn more about the exhibit in the most recent issue of Genome.

The next stop for the exhibit will be San Diego’s Reuben H. Fleet Science Center starting September 27 and continuing through January 4, 2015.