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Celebrate DNA Day’s Microbe Theme by Reading the NIH Big Read Book “I Contain Multitudes”

April 25, 2018 marks the 15th anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project. This April, the NIH Library joins the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) in celebrating DNA Day throughout April by showcasing genetics resources, services, and events as part of their 15 for 15 DNA Day celebration.

On April 19, NHGRI is focusing on microbes and microbiomes as the theme for the day. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to start reading the NIH Big Read book I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong, which examines the world of the microbes that exist within and around us in a fascinating tour that takes us through their history, and illuminates the impact they have on our daily lives.

Want to get started reading right away? The NIH Library is offering unlimited online access to both the eBook and audiobook from now through July 2 for all NIH staff. Once you’ve read the book, we invite you to discuss the book with your NIH colleagues in a series of book discussions hosted by the NIH Library in April and May.

Then, on Tuesday, June 5 join us when author and science journalist Ed Yong visits NIH to discuss his book with NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins in an informal conversation. The program will be held in Masur Auditorium, Building 10, from 1:00–2:00 p.m. After the formal program ends, there will be a Meet and Greet and book signing with Mr. Yong on the FAES Terrace in Building 10 from 2:00–3:00 p.m. followed by a reception for the author in the NIH Library from 3:00–4:00 p.m.

For more information on the NIH Big Read program, contact Kathleen McGlaughlin, kathleen.mcglaughlin@nih.gov.

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