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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
Rachel Gleyzer, a tenth grade student at Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, N.J., took first place this year in the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) ninth Annual DNA Day Essay Contest. Her essay explored the role genetics and the environment play in absolute pitch (AP), a person's ability to accurately and instantly identify a musical tone's pitch. Read more
DNA Day Ambassadors bring DNA Day to the USA Science and Engineering Festival
The USA Science and Engineering Festival
This year, DNA Day Ambassadors will be part of the USA Science and Engineering Festival (USEF) taking place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC April 25-27.DNA Day will coincide with Sneak Peak Friday at the festival. Sneak Peek Friday allows visitors to preview the Festival and experience the exhibits before they open to the general public on Saturday and Sunday. More than 25,000 school groups, homeschoolers and military families are expected. Ambassadors will be leading attendees through DNA inspired hands-on activities.
The USEF is a national grassroots effort to advance STEM education and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. On April 26-27, NIH and NHGRI will be among the 650 exhibitors interacting with students, teachers and the public. The last time USEF was held, in April of 2012 more than 250,000 students, teachers, parents and professionals participated in the three day event. To learn more about the upcoming festival, visit http://www.usasciencefestival.org/.
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.