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From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Medicine in Nature and Industry


This National Library of Medicine exhibit explores some of the processes, problems and potential inherent in technologies that use microorganisms for health and commercial purposes. Over the past two centuries, scientists, in partnership with industry, have developed techniques using and modifying life forms like yeast, molds and bacteria to create a host of new therapies and produce better foods and beverages. The exhibition illustrates the history of this dynamic relationship among microbes, medicine, technology and industry, which has spanned centuries.

The exhibit is free and open to all during normal library hours. Parking is available for a fee in the 8th Street parking deck. If special accommodations are needed, please call Thelma Mack at (804) 828-0017.

Image: The Era of Antibiotics, by Robert A. Thom for Parke, Davis & Company, 1950s, courtesy of the American Pharmacists Association Foundation