EDUCATION: Cool Off and Probe Some DNA

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Science  07 May 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5672, pp. 803
DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5672.803c

Learn which actions would bring the biggest reductions in U.S. emissions of planet-warming carbon dioxide. Scan DNA samples for mutations that might cause hemochromatosis, a disease of excess iron in the blood. These are just two of the activities that students 13 and older can try at the Web site of the new Marian Koshland Science Museum, which opened last month at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. The online annex's text displays and Flash animations offer a taste of the museum's exhibits on DNA applications and global warming. For instance, an emissions calculator reveals that boosting automobile efficiency by 10% would trim carbon dioxide release twice as much as raising industrial efficiency 10% would.

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