Celebrate DNA Day!
By Shivani, teen volunteer We celebrate National DNA Day on April 25th every year in the US. This is because In April 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick, in collaboration with Rosalind Franklin, first described the structure of DNA as a double helix. In April 2003, exactly 50 years later, scientists completed the Human Genome Project, which helped sequence and map all the genes that comprise the human genome. Since its completion, the Human Genome Project has been instrumental in the advancement of many scientific breakthroughs. In the United States DNA Day was first celebrated on April 25, 2003, by proclamation of both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health sponsors National DNA Day. It is mostly observed by biologists, science teachers and students, anyone interested in genetics. How do we celebrate DNA Day National DNA Day is a unique day when students, teachers, and the public can learn more about genetics and genomics. It aims to spark interest and educate people, educators and students in innovation, collaboration and discovery of our connection to the natural world. DNA Day offers the chance to learn more about genetics and genomics through activities and resources that include- Teaching Tools and Student Contests. DNA day Lectures DNA Day escape room Challenge. ‘American Society of Human Genetics’ DNA Day Essay Contest for High School Students Global DNA Day Pinterest Challenge. DNA Day Ambassadors (usually local college students, researchers) are paired with local high schools; they spend the day with the students, teaching them about genetics. Students get to participate in fun and interactive modules around specific topics such as personalized medicine, forensic science, and immunology to name a few. Why we celebrate DNA Day It acknowledges advancements in scientific discovery It encourages people to learn more about their genetic history It is an awareness day where public can learn more about genetics and the science behind it. The information learned on DNA has helped many doctors and scientists discover so many genetic diseases and how to make a cure for them as-well as how to prevent them at a young age. The descriptions o different DNA types also help doctors identify a disease which wouldn’t have been possible without thorough information. DNA day reminds us how far we have come. Check out our great eResource, Ancestry DNA!