DNA and Race: Hands on Demos

Looking for a fun, educational activity this weekend?

Image from The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

Image from The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History has just the thing!

Come check out a free hands-on demo which explores the relationship between DNA and the idea of race at 11 AM or 3PM this Saturday! Deoxyribonucleic Acid, or DNA, tells our cells how to build the proteins and tissues that make our bodies. Exploring the details of this chemical code, scientists gain insight into how organisms function and how they are related to one another. In this demonstration, you’ll find out:

  • Does DNA determine skin color?
  • What’s the relationship between skin color and what we think of as race?
  • Are there any biological or genetic markers that define race?

This 20-30 minute interactive program takes place on the 2nd floor of the U-M Museum of Natural History. Kids (ages 5 and up) and adults are both welcome! Make sure to check out the other cool exhibits the Museum has, including Race: Are We So Different? and dinosaur tours!

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