How big is the printed human genome? Leicester University’s GENIE (Genetics Education Networking for Innovation and Excellence) decided to find out. And it’s big. To be precise, it’s 130 volumes, printed in 4-point font, with 43,000 characters per page. It fills 26 boxes, and would take around 95 years to read.
The printout, bound in volumes colour-coded for each chromosome, was originally produced for the University of Leicester’s exhibit Breathless Genes: the lung and the short of it. It is now being displayed as part of the Inside DNA: A Genomic Revolution travelling exhibition, which as well as entertaining and educating, gives the public the chance to have a say in future science policy.
Funded by the Wellcome Trust and put together through a partnership betweenEcsite-UK and At-Bristol, Inside DNA: A Genomic Revolution is the first UK major touring exhibition on genomics. The exhibition is at the New Walk Museum & Art Gallery in Leicester until 7 April 2013.