In that time, there have been significant advances in genetics and related scientific fields, so the gallery is being updated next year. I went along to the Science Museum to see what the new gallery has in store.
Who Am I? explores our identity through brain science and genetics. The new gallery will be divided into four zones, looking at areas such as what it means to be human and how our physical attributes define us.
Each zone will look at individual case studies, as well the science behind them. These true stories include reconstructing the entire jaw of a man who had been shot in the face; creating an immune system for a baby born without one (who has grown into a healthy child); and the life of man unable to form new memories.
Of course, it wouldn’t be the Science Museum without some impressive interactive exhibits! In the new galleries you can explore what happens to the brain when faced with a moral dilemma; do your best to spot “micro-expressions” which give away even the most accomplished liar; change the gender of your voice and, if you’re brave, see how your face will age in the future.
Additions to the Who Am I? gallery include a new entrance, brand new artworks by Dryden Goodwin and Revital Cohen, new objects, and an updates area where the newest scientific techniques will be added.
The Who Am I? gallery will be relaunched in June 2010. If you can’t wait until then, the current exhibition is open until early January. And it’s free!