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DNA model meets world record

A team of Ryerson Faculty of Science students work on a DNA model at national Science Rendezvous festival

DNA may be microscopic, but a team of Ryerson Faculty of Science students decided to make it massive, building a DNA model measuring 43.5 metres in length (142 ft, 8.4 in) and breaking a Guinness World Record, external link.

The team, working in collaboration with architectural science students and not-for-profit research organization Ontario Genomics, external link, designed the DNA model as a hands-on learning experience. The students fabricated the DNA building blocks and backbone using cutting-edge digital technology in the Design Fabrication Zone, one of 10 zones at Ryerson that offer students the opportunity to work on real-world projects.

At Ryerson, students can collaborate in one of our interdisciplinary zones, bringing their ideas to life as projects that engage communities, shift perspectives, and yes, even break records.

Located in Toronto’s downtown core, Ryerson University offers full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate programs, innovative learning opportunities, and a diverse and welcoming campus community.