National DNA Day

D N A Day April 25 2015

About National DNA Day

First DNA Day logo, 2004National DNA Day commemorates the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA's double helix by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953. This annual celebration offers students, teachers and the public many exciting opportunities to learn about the latest advances in genomic research and explore what they may mean for their lives.

A wide variety of National DNA Day events are sponsored by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), in cooperation with the American Society of Human Genetics [ashg.org], the Genetic Alliance [geneticalliance.org], the American College of Medical Genetics (AMCG) [acmg.net], the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG) [isong.org], the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) [nsgc.org], and the American Pharmacist Association [pharmacist.com].

For more on the history and purpose of National DNA Day, read the concurrent Congressional resolutions that established the event:

For questions about DNA Day or DNA Day resources, please send an e-mail to: easterc@mail.nih.gov

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Last Reviewed: March 27, 2014