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Mar 01, 2011 (Vol. 31, No. 5)

Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences

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It’s field trip time! Perhaps you are unable to visit the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., but lucky for you, there is still much to explore on the museum’s website. From the homepage, one can navigate to the “exhibits” or “teach and learn” sections to discover a number of online exhibits and interactive activities. These include an infectious disease gallery, an exhibit on global warming, and an interactive module called “putting DNA to work,” among others. There is a separate page of educational activities that includes lessons and activities for a number of topics such as drug resistance and microbial evolution. In hard economic times such as these, a trip to the museum may be out of the budget, but educational and engaging websites such as this provide the perfect remedy for every school's budgetary woes.

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*The opinions expressed are solely those of the author(s) and should not be construed as reflecting the viewpoints of the publisher, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., the publishing house, or employees and affiliates thereof.

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