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The inspiration for “Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code” arose nearly two years ago, when the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) began looking ahead to 2013 – an epic anniversary for genomics, marking 60 years since Watson and Crick’s first 1953 report of the DNA double-helix and 10 years since the 2003 completion of the Human Genome Project.

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Wanting to celebrate these milestones with an event that would educate, inform, and engage the greater public, NHGRI partnered with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) to launch what may be the largest collaboration to date between the National Institutes of Health and a Smithsonian museum. “Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code” builds on the strengths of both institutions to recognize the accomplishments of the past, showcase the future, and highlight the increasing relevance of genomics in people’s lives.