Despite our planet’s astounding biodiversity, all life on Earth has one thing in common: DNA. It contains the genetic keys to development and reproduction, from microscopic bacteria to plants, fungi, and animals. Learn more about this molecule—and its importance in scientific research—in the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice DNA Discovery Center.

In the Rice DNA Discovery Center, peek directly inside our state-of-the-art genetic research facility, the Pritzker Laboratory for Evolutionary Biology and Molecular Systematics. Scientists are in the midst of analyzing thousands of species’ DNA, comparing their genetic codes, and mapping out the relationships among all living things on Earth.

Few museums have in-house DNA research facilities, and even fewer allow you to look inside while scientists are hard at work. Watch live as discoveries happen.