International DNA Day. Sounds pretty nerdy, right? OK, so maybe it is a bit, but Huntsvilleâ€™s HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology will host a celebration of the day that the famous double helix structure was discovered.
Located at 601 Genome Way in the Cummings Research Park, HudsonAlpha is a nonprofit educational and research center, as well as a biotech business incubator, according to The Huntsville Times. The event will be hosted in McMillian Park, â€śa green space linked by mile-long double helix sidewalks.â€ť
“DNA day celebrates the discovery of DNA’s double-helix structure and the sequencing of the human genome,” HudsonAlpha educational coordinator Dr. Neil Lamb told The Huntsville Times. “This year, we’ve brought both those concepts together with the creation of the Genome Walk, overlaying a set of genes from the human genome onto the double-helical paths of McMillian Park. It’s a wonderful way to explore some of the genetic players that regulate our growth, health and disease, all while enjoying the beauty of the park’s setting.”
According to the article:
The public is invited to bring a sack lunch and roam the park at leisure, take part in a treasure hunt, or follow paths named for Alabama scientists to learn about the genes they studied. The hunt and genome walk will begin at 1 p.m.
At 2:30 p.m., Lamb will make a presentation on his top 10 biotech headlines, and institute Director Dr. Rick Myers will give a “state of the center” address at 3:30 p.m. Both presentations will be in the Jackson Center next door to HudsonAlpha.
Rain date is Monday, May 2.
Follow the coverage of this International DNA Day celebration on The Huntsville Times website.
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