A Trip Back in Time with Healthy NV Project & Discovery Museum


The Healthy Nevada Project will be at the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (aka The Discovery) for Social Science, which features plenty of activities for those of you who love the ’80s.

Have you ever dreamed of going back in time just like Marty McFly? Well, next month the Healthy Nevada Project is heading back to the ‘80s for The Discovery’s Social Science night — and you don’t even need a DeLorean.

Saturday, Feb. 9, you can take a trip back in time to learn about yourself and your family with no-cost genetic testing from the Healthy Nevada Project during The Discovery’s Social Science event from 7 to 10 p.m.

Social Science happens four times each year. Tickets get you inside after hours for hands-on labs, expert presentations, science demonstrations, tasty food, cocktails and music. But keep in mind this night at The Discovery is for ages 21 and up only. 

Join the Healthy Nevada Project at The Discovery

If you — or someone you know — hasn’t tested with the Healthy Nevada Project yet, we’d love to see you there. Joining this landmark genetic research study just requires an email (we know, that’s so ’90s), 20 minutes of your time and a little spit in a tube.

The Healthy Nevada Project is the largest community-based population health study in the world and one of the first in the country to return clinical results to study volunteers. This means you can learn your genetic risks tied to heart disease and certain cancers. You can also learn what lifestyle changes you can make to help reduce your risk and prevent disease.

Social Science: Saturday, Feb. 9, 7 – 10 p.m.

Alongside testing from the Healthy Nevada Project, there will be classic arcade games, tips from a Rubik’s Cube expert, a collaborative movie quote board and a look inside The Discovery’s newest exhibit, Mindbender Mansion.

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Healthy Nevada Project Testing at Upcoming Events

If 2019 is more your speed and you can’t join us at Social Science, the Healthy Nevada Project is also offering all-day testing during the upcoming TEDxUniversityofNevada on Saturday, Feb. 23. And of course, appointment and walk-in testing is available Monday – Saturday at locations throughout Reno-Sparks.

In the meantime, here’s a handful of DNA trivia. Learn these facts and you’ll be the smartest person in the room when you do join the Project.

Did You Know? Now You Do!

  • 1865: Gregor Mendel discovered heredity is passed down by experimenting on peas.
  • 1902: Archibald Garrod, MD, a British physician, observed that alkaptonuria — a disease involving a recessive mutation — is inherited. This discovery made alkaptonuria one of the first diseases linked to genetics.
  • 1944: Using corn, Barbara McClintock, PhD, learns genes can move around on chromosomes — making the genome far more dynamic than previously thought.

    First Image of DNA from Rosalind Franklin, PhD
  • 1950s: The structure of the double helix is described by Rosalind Franklin, PhD, Maurice Wilkins, PhD, Francis Crick, PhD, and James Watson, PhD. 
  • 1961: First screening of metabolic defect in newborns, phenylketonuria (PKU), developed by Robert Guthrie, MD, PhD.
  • 1975: Frederick Sanger, PhD, and colleagues, as well as Walter Gilbert, PhD and Allan Maxam, PhD, both develop rapid DNA sequencing methods.
  • 1986: The genes for color blindness and color vision were identified by Jeremy Nathans, MD, PhD. This was a key step as researchers worked to understand and treat various inherited diseases.
  • 1987: The first genetic map is discovered to help locate genes responsible for diseases. In 1992, the second generation of the genetic map was discovered. This helped geneticists more quickly locate disease genes on chromosomes.
  • 1990: The Human Genome Project, a 15-year project to sequence all 3.2 billion letters of the human genome, was launched by the National Institutes for Health and Department of Energy. In 2000, the working draft (90 percent of the human genome) was completed. Science has yet to produce a 100 percent complete genome.

Join the Healthy Nevada Project

Appointment and walk-in testing is available at various locations across northern Nevada. Study volunteers receive no-cost genetic sequencing and an ancestry report. You can also opt-in to receive clinical results from study researchers.
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