This unique exhibition will show you everything you wanted to know about DNA, genes, heredity and how this information is used in National Museum research.
Almost all organisms on our planet, including you, have a DNA molecule and genes encoded into it. And this unique short-duration exhibition "The Age of Genes" will introduce you to this molecule in the form of an outsized model and will explain how not only zoologists from around the world work with it, but also those at the National Museum. You will learn that today we no longer have to look just at the visual form of organisms in order to properly incorporate them into the hierarchical system or to discover a new species, as Carl Linnaeus and his successors used to do. Nowadays, DNA sequences are commonly used for this purpose, as we compare them to each other.
You can look forward to an interesting collection of exhibits that will show you, for example, the marvellous relationships between different groups of mammals that we learned about because of their DNA sequences. What do you think, are elephants more related to the giant rhinos or the tiny hyraxes? At the exhibition you will discover details about DNA and its properties using interactive models. And what about DNA inheritance? You will learn about this also at our "The Age of Genes" exhibition.
We will also look under the lid at the National Museum's molecular genetic laboratory, thanks to its modern instrumentation displayed here and specially prepared animations and videos that will help you get to know about work in the laboratory. Last but not least, we will show you in a similar vein that DNA sequences are used in criminology or in the food industry. It is DNA that can help to find out if the pieces of sushi served in your favourite restaurant are not accidentally prepared from an endangered species of tuna or from escolar, whose meat is poisonous to humans.