One tiny molecule—a world of scientific possibility.
Despite our planet’s astounding biodiversity, all life on Earth has one thing in common: DNA. It contains the genetic keys to development and reproduction, from microscopic bacteria to plants, fungi, and animals. Learn more about this molecule—and its importance in scientific research—in the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice DNA Discovery Center.
In the Rice DNA Discovery Center, peek directly inside our state-of-the-art genetic research facility, the Pritzker Laboratory for Evolutionary Biology and Molecular Systematics. Scientists are in the midst of analyzing thousands of species’ DNA, comparing their genetic codes, and mapping out the relationships among all living things on Earth.
Few museums have in-house DNA research facilities, and even fewer allow you to look inside while scientists are hard at work. On weekdays from 11am to noon, you can even talk to the scientists working in the lab.
Watch live as discoveries happen and have a memorable conversation about the origins of life.
DNA Discoveries: Shark Sex
Yes, shark sex! We’re not nosy—we’re scientists.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at shark reproduction through Dr. Kevin Feldheim’s research. Feldheim’s work has ranged from observing sharks in the wild to examining their DNA, all to learn more about the mating and reproductive habits of these creatures.
Shark Sex features a life-size Lemon Shark model and immersive video content for a fresh perspective on his work. It’s just one example of the new things DNA can teach us if we only look.
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