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NHMU to host DNA Festival Saturday

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"Genome: Unlocking Life's Code," the latest traveling exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Utah, gets a special screening from museum members in Salt Lake City, Friday, May, 20, 2016. The exhibit also features ways Utah families have contributed to ge

“Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code,” the latest traveling exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Utah, gets a special screening from museum members in Salt Lake City, Friday, May, 20, 2016. The exhibit also features ways Utah families have contributed to genetic research.

Hans Koepsell, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The Natural History Museum of Utah will host its DNA Festival Saturday in conjunction with the exhibit "Genome: Unlocking Life's Code."

The festival will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and will include hands-on activities such as learning how to extract DNA, creating art with a micropipette, making nucleotide necklaces and exploring DNA transcription with Legos. A lecture geared toward adults will also be offered at 2 p.m.

“The DNA Festival and the Genome exhibit are a celebration of what makes you, you,” Sarah George, NHMU executive director, said in a news release. “We have several creative and interesting activities planned for the day that will allow children and adults to explore and better understand the significance of genomes and how they relate to the growth and function of all living things.”

All DNA Festival activities are included as part of museum admission, which is $14.95 for adults, $12.95 for young adults ages 13-24 and seniors, $9.95 for children ages 3-12 and free for children 2 and under.

"Genome: Unlocking Life's Code" was produced by the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the National Institutes of Health's National Human Genome Research Institute in association with Science North and is on display at NHMU through Sept. 5.

NHMU is located at 301 Wakara Way. Visit nhmu.utah.edu or call 801-581-4303 for additional information.