National DNA Day
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. DNA Day 2016 is Monday, April 25, 2015.
2015 National DNA Day Activities
The 2016 DNA Day Essay Contest
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) invites students in grades 9-12 to participate in the 11th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest!
Students are asked to:
- Choose a currently available genetic test for a condition or disease that does not cause symptoms until adulthood.
- Describe how the test works and the reliability of the test results.
- And defend or refute the recent recommendation from ASHG's position statement on pediatric genetic testing: ASHG Issues Position Statement on Genetic Testing in Children and Adolescents
Essays must be 750 words, submitted electronically through the ASHG submission site and received no later than March 11, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. The ASHG submission site will open in early January 2016. Essays mailed, faxed or e-mailed to ASHG will NOT be accepted. Once submitted, essays cannot be changed or revised.
For more information on the DNADay Essay Contest, visit http://www.ashg.org/education/dnaday.shtml.
Past National DNA Day News and Features
Top Boards in the 2015 Unlocking Life's Code Pinterest Challenge!
To celebrate National DNA Day, middle and high school biology students from created DNA Day-related Pinterest boards. The results are in: See the top seven boards in the 2015 Pinterest Challenge from six states and from the Republic of Botswana. Each of these classes will receive a certificate of recognition and a set of learning tools.
Go to: Top Boards
Celebrating DNA Day in the Classroom
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.
DNA Day Online Chatroom
- Visit: The Online Chatroom Archives for transcripts dating back to 2005.
- 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: September 25, 2015