Last week The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History at Washington DC announced a new exhibit to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the completion of the human genome. The project is a collaboration between the museum and the National Human Genome Research Institute, with major funding coming from the Life Technologies Foundation. It will open in 2013 to the 7 million annual visitors of the museum.
“The goal of the exhibition is not just to celebrate but to look ahead and acknowledge that we are in the early stages of a very exciting genomic era, that we have learned a remarkable amount about how the genome works and how it contributes to health and disease, and that the pace of research is only accelerating and becoming increasingly relevant to people,” said NHGRI Director Eric Green.
Also announced last week was a new grant program by the NHGRI to study newborn genome sequencing. It will provide $25 million to study how whole genome or whole exome sequencing will benefit newborn care as well as its social implications.
“Genome”, “genomics” etc used to be terms understood by few outside of biology and bioinformatics. This is changing rapidly. It is exciting time ahead of us to witness the genomics revolution.