The McGoogan Library of Medicine will be hosting From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry, on the 6th floor of Wittson Hall from November 12th to December 14th. The traveling exhibit, created by the National Library of Medicine in cooperation with the National Museum of American History, explores some of the processes, problems, and potentials inherent in technologies that use living organisms.
Microbes—tiny organisms too small to be seen with the naked eye—have altered human history. Life forms such as bacteria, yeasts, and molds can cause sickness or restore health, and help produce foods and beverages for our consumption. Scientists, in partnership with industry, have developed techniques to harness the powers of these microbes. In recent years, headline-grabbing technologies have used genetically modified bacteria to manufacture new medicines. Drawing from the collections of the National Museum of American History and the National Library of Medicine, From DNA to Beer will help to promote public understanding of the dynamic relationship between microbes, technology, and science and medicine.
The six-banner traveling exhibition presents these case studies of major scientific and medical accomplishments in the fields of biotechnology while showcasing the union with industry in how to best market and produce such discoveries to the public at large.
After viewing the exhibit, visitors are encouraged to enter a drawing to win an Amazon gift card.