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NIH Record  
Vol. LXV, No. 17
  August 16, 2013
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ĎA Complex Conundrumí
NIMHD Seminar Tackles Menís Health Disparities

Dr. Brian M. Rivers of Moffitt Cancer Center

Dr. Brian M. Rivers of Moffitt Cancer Center

This is a man’s world. Or is it?

This is a world where African-American men have a shorter life-span than any other group in the U.S. And among U.S. Latino men 25 to 44 years of age, AIDS has been a leading cause of death for more than a decade.

“There are groups within ethnic groups who carry the burden of disease,” says Dr. Miguel Muñoz-Laboy of Temple University’s School of Social Work. He recently spoke at “Men’s Health Disparities: A Complex Conundrum,” hosted by NIMHD as part of the NIH Health Disparities Seminar Series, held in Masur Auditorium.

Muñoz-Laboy was joined by Dr. Brian M. Rivers of Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute and Dr. Scott Rhodes of Wake Forest School of Medicine. Terrance Afer-Anderson of Virginia’s department of public health, Norfolk district, moderated the panel.

Science & Learning
Genome Exhibit Educates People of All Ages at Smithsonian

The human body is remarkable and certainly complex. The entire human genome—the body’s genetic blueprint that contains 3 billion base pairs of those twisting molecules known as DNA—can fit inside every cell in our bodies. Relating the intricacies of this science to a general audience could be tricky. But NHGRI’s new exhibit, “Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code” at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, makes genomics accessible to all, engaging and fun.

A collaboration between the Smithsonian and NHGRI, the colorful exhibit includes high-tech interactive displays, animations, 3-D models, videos with personal stories and straightforward explanatory text in each gallery. Volunteers, on hand to lead activities and answer questions, enhance the visitor experience.

The exhibit explores how the genome relates to health care and disease. One display explains that trillions of microbes—from fungi to viruses to mites—live on our bodies and, in fact, outnumber humMan cells 10 to 1. But fear not; they help us carry out life processes. And, over time, research on the many thousands of species of microorganisms will help us learn how to restore the microbiome when people get sick.