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Exhibitions:

From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry

A woman seated at a laboratory bench examines a petri dish under a magnifying glass.  In the background a man examines an industrial fermentation tank.Graphic illustrations of various micobes numerically numbered with logo

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. 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: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry seeks to explore some of the processes, problems, and potential inherent in technologies that use life.

The online exhibition features educational resources in the 'Learn More' section: an interactive gallery of images from the exhibition, accompanied by information to help learners explore in more depth.

Beginning January 2014, From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry is available as a traveling exhibition free of charge to interested libraries and cultural centers. Please go to Book a Traveling Exhibition for more information.