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The Salk Institute opens its doors for a day of scientific exploration.

The Salk Institute will open its doors to the community on April 11 for the third annual Explore Salk. One day a year the Institute invites the community for a day of scientific exploration with plenty of activities for people of all ages, including guided lab tours, architectural tours, science booths and talks by Salk researchers. Family friendly activities include a Kids’ Discovery Zone and a mobile science lab with hands-on experiments. For preteens who have an interest in pursuing a career in science, there is a virtual lab tour followed by a Q&A session with a Salk researcher.

New to the event this year is a small group, hands-on lab tour. It also offers a behind-the-scenes look at two Salk laboratories, focusing on the subject areas of neuroscience, genetics, cell and plant biology and related disciplines. Participants must be 16 years of age or older.

Two science talks are also offered during the second half of the day. Salk Assistant Professor, Saket Navlakha will address “How Biology Solves Technology Problems” and Eric Topol, Director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, Chief Academic Officer at Scripps Health and a Professor of Genomics at The Scripps Research Institute, will talk based on his most recent book, “The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands.”

The next day, April 12th marks the 60th anniversary of the announcement that Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine was found to be safe and effective. Since October, the Institute has been commemorating the 100th year of Jonas Salk’s birth.

On April 11, Explore Salk is from 10-4pm. Admission is free, but online preregistration is required for the lab tours. www.salk.edu/exploresalk or contact exploresalk@salk.edu or (858) 597-0657.