Smithsonian to create its 1st human genome exhibit

BRETT ZONGKER Associated Press Published:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History is developing its first major exhibit on the human genome.

The project is being developed with a $3 million pledge from the philanthropic foundation of Life Technologies Corp.

The museum announced plans Monday to collaborate with the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health to develop a high-tech exhibit. The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health has raised $500,000 for the project.

The effort marks the 10th anniversary of researchers producing the first complete human genome sequence as a blueprint of the human body. The Human Genome Project was launched in 1990 to better understand the relationship between genetics, health and disease.

Carlsbad, Calif.-based Life Technologies recently announced it has developed a machine to decode an individual's DNA in a day for $1,000.