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Photo 51– From DNA to the Brain

19 July 2013

Metro is thrilled to support the exhibition 'Photo 51– From DNA to the Brain' by King’s Cultural Institute, a photography, sculpture and installation which has been designed to communicate the power and importance of the most significant breakthrough of modern science, the discovery of the structure of DNA.  It invites the public to explore this historic moment and trace the impact on contemporary neuroscience.

The exhibition features collaborative installations by photographer Christine Donnier-Valentin alongside glass sculptor Shelley James, that reveal archivists, technicians from the old Photo 51 laboratories and x-ray crystallographers to witness the moment King’s scientists uncovered DNA’s fundamental symmetry. All images have been expertly scanned, printed and finished by Metro.

The ability to read our genetic code has profoundly transformed the course of biomedicine, from DNA fingerprinting to personalised genomes however a little know fact is that it was only made possible by a single momentous photograph taken at King’s College London in the 1950’s..

King’s neuroscientist, and Photo 51 Curator, Dr Richard Wingate says:‘We are delighted to be able to celebrate the centenary year of the MRC with an exhibition that explores the incredible power of DNA, the insights it provides into the structures, processes and beauty of the developing brain. The three artists threw themselves into an open-ended experiment with working scientists and returned with spectacular and moving work that explores the space and traces of discovery.’  

Free public events and scientific experiments accompany the collections, ensuring that this acquaintance with the 20th century’s greatest discovery will be a hands on, interactive journey.  Visitors will discover the changing fabric of the laboratory and the research it contains and shapes, through the remarkable lens of DNA.

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Inigo Rooms, Somerset House East Wing, King’s College London, Strand WC2R 2LS

Exhibition Dates: until 27th July 2013

Opening times: Daily: 11.00am - 6.00pm

Admission to the exhibition is free

Images © Christine Donnier-Valentin

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