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MIT Museum schedules family program on post-genome world

The MIT Museum's third program in its Family Adventures in Science and Technology (F.A.S.T.) initiative, "The Post-Genome World," will take place on Sunday, Nov. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. The program, a collaboration between the museum and the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, will allow adults and children to learn more about the discovery process of new disease genes, new disease-fighting drugs, and new disease-fighting therapies.

"Scientists are discovering new disease genes as well as new drugs and therapies for fighting them," said Beryl Rosenthal, director of exhibitions and public programs. "Our program is designed to introduce families and children to the tools scientists are using to take the next step in these important discoveries. As part of our mission to disseminate the work at MIT, we are helping to create a well-informed public, better able to have conversations with their physicians."

Whitehead researchers will introduce program participants to the Institute's work in yeast and plant genetics, stem cells and cloning, and DNA sequencing to give participants a deeper understanding of the science behind the headlines.

The "Post-Genome World" is free with admission to the Museum. Call x3-4444 for more information.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 14, 2001.

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