Life Interactive World, a new science centre situated within the International Centre for Life in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, opened last week. The interactive science centre, half funded by the National Lottery, focuses on human biology, evolution and DNA. It features a three-dimensional film of life in the womb from conception to birth, and a computer exhibit that scans visitors and shows them how they would look as ape ancestors.
Matt Ridley, chairman of the centre, said its aim was to let people share in the thrill of discovery, as well as the agony of debate. James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, said that the project 'would give us all the chance to be literate about DNA'.
The International Centre for Life is a £70 million project that brings together scientists, doctors and biotechnology companies. It is already home to the Regional Genetics Clinic, the Reproductive Medicine Clinic and the Policy, Ethics and Life Science Research Institute. Newcastle University's Institute of Human Genetics will also move in later this year.
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