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D N A Day April 25, 2015

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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. DNA Day 2015 will be celebrated on Friday, April 24, 2015.

The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) invites you to participate in the 10th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest!

10th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest LogoOpen 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. Read more


2015 National DNA Day Activities

Pinterest Challenge New

Pinterest Challenge

K-12 Teachers and their students create Pinterest board with images/links to genomic resources used to educate students in the classroom.  ALL participants receive hands-on educational resources for use in the classroom. 

NHGRI staff will choose top boards to feature on Genome: Unlocking Life's Code website and Pinterest Board.

The 2015 DNA Day Pinterest Challenge for K-12 Teachers and Students


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


Past National DNA Day News and Features


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

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Last Updated: March 13, 2015