National DNA Day is a unique day when students, teachers and the public can learn more about genetics and genomics! The day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003, and the discovery of DNA's double helix.
2014 National DNA Day American Society of Human Genetics Essay Contest
- The 9th Annual National DNA Day Essay Contest is Open! Apply now!
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) invites you to participate in the 9th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest! The contest is open to students in grades 9-12. The contest aims to challenge students to examine, question, and reflect on important concepts in genetics. Essays are expected to contain substantive, well-reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of understanding of the concepts related to the essay question. Essays are read and evaluated by several independent judges through three rounds of scoring. Essays are due at 5:00 pm EST, March 14, 2014. (Read more)
DNA Day Online Chatroom
The National DNA Day online chatroom is closed and will resume April 25th, 2014.
- Check out the 2012 transcript to read all of the questions and answers from the 2012 Online Chatroom.
- Visit: The Online Chatroom Archives for transcripts dating back to 2005.
DNA Day Awards
- Learn About: The 2012 National DNA Day Awards
For more ideas on how to celebrate DNA Day in your classroom, browse our DNA Day pages using the choices at the top of this page and try out our learning activities from DNA Day celebrations in the past. All of the activiites here are aimed at inspiring the next generation of scientists who will use the human genome sequence to benefit human health.
Past National DNA Day News and Features
- DNA Day Speaker Presentation
Download Powerpoint slides featuring a range of topics: From DNA to Function, How Proteins Are Made, Making SNPs Make Sense, more.
- NHGRI Employees Visit NIH Children's Inn To Make DNA Bracelets for National DNA Day
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For questions about DNA Day or DNA Day resources, please send an e-mail to: DNAday@mail.nih.gov
Last Updated: January 6, 2014