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DNA Discoveries: Shark Sex on view beginning July 29, 2016

Follow Field Museum scientist Dr. Kevin Feldheim as he explores the mysterious lives of sharks, from observing them in the wild to examining their DNA. Shark Sex gives a glimpse into the fascinating mating and reproductive habits of these elusive animals.

About the DNA Discovery Center

DNA is the thread that connects all life on Earth—from microscopic bacteria, to mushrooms, to humans. But not all humans are aware of that fact. This permanent Field Museum exhibition answers basic and complex questions about DNA and how DNA research is changing what we know about life on our planet.

At the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice DNA Discovery Center, you can experience The Field Museum’s Pritzker Laboratory, a working, state-of-the-art DNA research facility where dozens of scientists are currently analyzing the DNA of thousands of different species—from the fungi of Antarctica to the birds of the Amazon. Comparing these genetic codes allows scientists to map out the relationships among all species on Earth and add to the giant Tree of Life.

In the laboratory viewing area, you have the opportunity to witness DNA research in action. Speak directly with scientists about their work on weekdays from 11am to noon. In the surrounding exhibition, explore hands-on interactives, videos, and engaging displays that will brief you on the basics of DNA and offer a behind-the-scenes look at the incredible diversity of the Museum’s collections.

Only a few museums in the world have DNA research facilities inside their walls; The Field Museum’s lab is one of the few you can view close-up. See science in action and watch discoveries unfold daily at the DNA Discovery Center.

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