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Posted: Sunday, September 2, 2012 12:00 am

School is back in session, and things are getting busier at the George Bush Presidential Library Center.

A fascinating new exhibit, Genome: The Secret of How Life Works, opened Aug. 25 in the Ansary Gallery of American History at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Designed for all ages, the Genome exhibit explores the nature and impact of advances in genome research through visually rich environments, interactives, artifacts and multi-media presentations. Other exhibits in the museum's rotunda and gallery spaces will highlight research programs conducted at Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Research.

This exhibit will allow us to highlight the work and accomplishments in the field of genomics by several leading organizations, showcasing the realization of the vision that began with President George H.W. Bush.

In 1989, President Bush signed into law the appropriations for The Human Genome Project and mapping of the human genome was completed in 2003 during President George W. Bush's administration. The project accomplished its mission of identifying the more than 20,000 genes in human DNA and determining the complete sequence of the 3 billion DNA subunits (basis of the human genome).

In conjunction with the Genome exhibit, there will be monthly issues forums by experts discussing a wide range of topics related to genetics, health, agriculture and more. The first issues forum is Sept. 18 and will offer insight into important historical advances in a presentation about "Norman Borlaug and the Future of the Green Revolution" by Ron Phillips, a Regents Professor Emeritus and former McKnight Presidential Chair in Genomics at the University of Minnesota. Reserve a seat free online at ronphillips.eventbrite.com.

We will also begin a new classic film series, "The Mysteries of Life," starting Sept. 13 with Laura, a 1944 film featuring Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews. This month, we are partnering with Sam Houston State University to bring in biography author Carl Rollyson. Following the movie, we will have a book sale and signing of his newest book, Hollywood Enigma: Dana Andrews.

The Genome exhibit will be on display through July 5. For more information about Genome: The Secret of How Life Works, go to bushlibrary.tamu.edu/genome.

For anybody coming to an Aggie sports game, we still have the Aggie Athletics ticket special happening. Just show your ticket from any A&M home sporting event this fall and receive $2 off regular admission price.

For more information about these or any of our other events, exhibits or education programs, please visit our website at bushlibrary.tamu.edu.

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