Exhibition: Inside DNA, Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham, previews April 30 – July 16 2010, full exhibition July 17 – October 17
As befits an exhibition taking on the infinite complexities of human genetics, the full Inside DNA exhibition has proved too enormous for several venues who wanted to show it, resulting in a set of "exhiblets" from the touring festival of skeletons and atomic discovery being sent out to smaller sites.
Magna's got the whole shebang, going on preview in April until the full display opens in July. Developed by science centre At-Bristol with the Wellcome Trust and Sanger Institute, it contains themed zones taking on chromosomes, health, tests and screenings alongside theories of evolution and relativity. Dozens of illuminated portals give a suitably futuristic, interactive feel.
A rotating molecular model of DNA shows the actual sequence it forges in our bodies, documented by a weighty nearby tome detailing the endless data contained in one chapter of the human genome.
See the DNA inside your hand on a touchscreen. © insidedna.org.uk
High-powered microscopes reveal a multitude of different cell and DNA types, and a touch screen invites you to enter your characteristics and compare yourself to the rest of humanity and various organisms.
The work of medical experts is echoed via a machine allowing you to remove a cell from an embryo for testing, based on genetic findings from some of the fossils and archaeological discoveries in the show.
A strong emphasis is also placed on questioning the concepts involved, encouraging debate and ethical scrutiny along the way.
Tours to National Museums Liverpool, Liverpool, October 23 2010 – May 8 2011. Currently at Sensation, Dundee until April 25 2010. Visit the exhibition online for more.