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New Building of the National Museum Vinohradská 1, Praha 1

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70–170 CZK

The exhibition presents knowledge about DNA, genes, heredity and how this information is used in National Museum research.

Almost all organisms on the planet have a DNA molecule and genes encoded into it. And this exhibition will introduce this molecule in the form of an outsized model and will explain how not only zoologists from around the world work with it, but also those at the National Museum. Visitors will learn that today people no longer have to look just at the visual form of organisms in order to properly incorporate them into the hierarchical system or to discover a new species, as Carl Linnaeus and his successors used to do. Nowadays, DNA sequences are commonly used for this purpose, as scientists compare them to each other.

Visitors can see an interesting collection of exhibits that will show them, for example, the marvellous relationships between different groups of mammals that people learned about because of their DNA sequences. Visitors will also discover details about DNA and its properties using interactive models and information about DNA inheritance. .

Visitors can also visit National Museum’s molecular genetic laboratory, thanks to its modern instrumentation displayed here and specially prepared animations and videos that will help them get to know about work in the laboratory. Last but not least, the exhibition will present a similar vein that DNA sequences are used in criminology or in the food industry. It is DNA that can help to find out if the pieces of sushi served in the favourite restaurant are not accidentally prepared from an endangered species of tuna or from escolar, whose meat is poisonous to humans.