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This is a past exhibition. 

Hall B

Typical time required:
30 - 60 minutes



Kindly note that this exhibition is closed from Monday, 17 March 2014 in preparation for new content and upgrading works.


Genes are the basic unit of heredity that pass traits from one generation to the next. The ability to roll your tongue and whether you have free earlobes or a widow’s peak are some of the hereditary traits that are determined by your parents’ genes.

The Genome exhibition explores the building blocks of life . It examines the basics of genetics and its applications today and in the future, as well as some of the possible impacts of these applications on society. The four main areas of this exhibition are:


Basics of Genetics

The sequencing of the human genome revealed that the DNA sequence in our genes is on average 99.9% identical to any other human beings and differ only in 0.1% of the genetic material.  On the other hand, human beings share 7% of genes with E.coli bacterium, 21 % with roundworms, 90% with mice and 98% with chimpanzees.

Discover what these means by exploring this area and learn about the fundamentals of genetics and our genetic relationship to other living organisms. 




The study of genes has lead to quite a few applications in our lives. Some crops, like rice, corn and soybean, have had specific changes introduced into their DNA through genetic engineering, so that they contain more vitamins, or are resistant to viruses and bacteria. These are known as genetically modified (GM) food.

Studying genes has also helped to trace the migration pattern of man based on the Y chromosome and mitochondrial DNA, and to solve cases of crime and paternity disputes using DNA profiling techniques.

Explore the many applications of genetics and genetic engineering here, and find out how many GM foodstuffs are already in the market.

Ethics & Views

Many uses of genetics are clearly beneficial, but some potential applications – like the possibility of enhancing human capabilities in the sports arena – are more controversial. Many applications are relatively new and scientists are still studying their long term effects on humans and the environment. Will there be an impact on biodiversity now that crops are resistant to pests? Will genetic enhancements be the norm in the future? Consider some of these issues here. 



DNA Boutique Display

James Watson and Francis Crick presented the structure of the double helix in 1953. Since then, people have made novelty items such as double-helix ear rings and necklaces, and toys of James Watson. This area displays some of these novelty items that are available.

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