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It's a revolution!

Cracking the genetic code allowed us to study diseases at the molecular level, which is increasing our knowledge of potential preventions and treatments for diseases. Indeed, genetics has become central to the science of medicine.

This exhibit asks many questions:

  • How do genes cause disease?
  • Can gene therapy work?
  • How do we manipulate genes and should we?

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Contents  

 

The Genetic Basics: What Are Genes and What Do They Do?
Diagnosing and Treating Genetic Diseases
Genes and Drugs, Vaccines, and Enzyme Replacement Therapy
Gene Therapy
The Human Genome Project
Ethics and Genetics
Guiding the Revolution
Just for Kids! A Cartoon Guide to Genetics
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Index
Glossary

Credits

This exhibit was produced by the DeWitt Stetten, Jr., Museum of Medical Research in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute; the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; the National Human Genome Research Institute; the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The Stetten Museum would like to thank the members of the exhibit planning committee: Dr. Judith Greenberg, National Institute of General Medical Sciences; Dr. Paula Gregory, National Human Genome Research Institute; Dr. Harry Malech, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; and Dr. Stephen Mockrin, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. We also thank Dr. William Gelbart, Harvard University, and Rachel Schiff, Stetten Museum research assistant, for their contributions to the exhibit.

 

Dr. Victoria A. Harden, Director, Stetten Museum
Michele Lyons, Curator

Updated 13 May 2010
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