The Museum's next Sunday with a Scientist program for children and families explored DNA, the blueprint for life on Earth.
"DNA: The Molecule of Life" was led by assistant professor Rebecca Y. Lai in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Chemistry. Lai, along with graduate students from the department and support from the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience, helped visitors better understand the history, structure, and importance of DNA through visuals and hands-on activities.
Lai's research focuses on the development of electrochemical biosensors, including sensors for detection of DNA. Electrochemical sensing has the potential for many important applications, from detecting cancer to explosives.