Minister Ambrose opened Phase II of The GEEE! in Genome, Canada's travelling exhibition on the science of genomics, at the TELUS Edmonton World of Science (TEWS) in Edmonton.
"As demonstrated in our Science and Technology Strategy released by Prime Minister Harper last May, the Government of Canada is committed to fostering a better understanding of science and innovation," said Minister Ambrose, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for Genome Canada. "This exhibition is an excellent example of how we can educate Canadians about science and technology and its uses, promote the importance of scientific research, and highlight the achievements of our Canadian scientists and innovators. We reinforced our commitment to S&T in Budget 2008 by allocating an additional $650 million over the next three years to secure Canada's leadership in the global marketplace through research and innovation."
The GEEE! in Genome exhibition - produced by the Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN) and presented nationally by Genome Canada - is scheduled to tour Canada for three years. The exhibition is part of a national public education project on genomics - the study of genes and their functions.
The exhibition explores topics ranging from the ABC's of DNA, genes, and genomics, to the impact of this emerging field of science on agriculture, the environment and human health. It highlights Canadian achievements, paying particular tribute to the late Nobel-prize-winning chemist, Dr. Michael Smith.
The exhibit will help demystify the science of genomics, challenge misconceptions and encourage questions. Not only will visitors be introduced to the intricate functions of genes and cells, but they will address controversial ethical issues such as genetic testing, gene therapy, human cloning, genetically modified organisms (GMO), labeling and safety, DNA databanks and privacy issues.