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From the American Society of Human Genetics 
National DNA Day Essay Contest
Tuesday, January 4, 2017 - Geared to students grade 9-12 worldwide, the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) DNA Day Essay Contest celebrates National DNA Day by asking students to examine, question and reflect on important concepts in genetics. This year's question asks students to describe a disease or condition researchers are attempting to treat and how gene therapy might repair the underlying cause of the disease or condition. Deadline: March 10, 2017, at 5 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time. See: DNA Day Essay Contest


From Bioscience Technology
National DNA Day Celebrated
Monday, April 25, 2016 - Monday is National DNA Day, which every year commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April of 2003 and the discovery DNA's double helix in 1953 by James Watson and Francis Crick. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) sponsors the day and this year Eric Green, director of NHGRI, participated in Reddit's "Ask Me Anything" series to talk about the Human Genome Project and genomic medicine.  Here are some of the highlights.

From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal
Madison junior wins National DNA Day essay contest
Milwaukee, Monday, April 25, 2016 - Stella Ma, a junior at James Madison Memorial High School in Madison, captured the top honor in the National DNA Day essay contest run by the American Society of Human Genetics.

From the Santa Cruz Sentinal
DNA Day marks milestones in molecular science with research and frivolity
Santa Cruz, California, Monday, April 25, 2016 - When biologists James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind Franklin and others published papers on the structure of DNA in the science journal Nature 63 years ago, they could not have imagined their research would someday inspire inflatable double helix toys and dancing organic molecules.

From San Diego Magazine
The World Record That Could Save Lives
San Diego, Monday, Monday, April 25, 2016 - The first effort to sequence our genome, the Human Genome Project, took 13 years-an amazing feat, though not immediately relevant for patients. But now researchers from San Diego and Kansas City have made that leap, achieving genetic diagnoses in 26 hours-a new Guinness World Record. This is a big deal.

From University of Connecticut
Mapping UConn's Genetic History
Storrs, Connecticut, Monday, April 25, 2016 - We know more about genetics and DNA now than ever before. Researchers are studying the genetic code of everything from horseshoe crabs to gut bacteria. Most high school students can give you a tolerably accurate definition of a gene. And the acronym DNA is so commonly understood to mean the molecule of life that newspapers don't bother to define it. But less than a century ago, no one knew what deoxyribonucleic acid was and barely anyone understood much about genetics.

From Pulse,
Reflections on DNA Day
Linkedin, Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - A unique day is coming up in less than a week: Monday, April 25, Every year, this day is celebrated to commemorate the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003, and the discovery of DNA's double helix structure in 1952-53 by Watson, Crick, and the under-recognized Rosalind Franklin.

From the Island Packet
Vidoe Report: Beaufort high students learn about genetics in mobile lab
Bluffton, South Carolina, Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - Some Beaufort High School students learned about genetics on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 in Greenwood Genetic Center's mobile lab. Students learned about Sickle Cell and Mad Cow's/Prions diseases during the hour long classes.

From News 4 Gainsville
UF celebrates National DNA Day early
Gainesville, Florida, Wednesday April 20, 2016 - The University of Florida celebrated its second DNA Day on Wednesday. It's all part of a celebration to commemorate the discovery of DNA's structure and the completion of the "Human Genome Project." Doctors at UF say its important because it's a huge part of our lives.

From the Grand Island Independant
Geneticist to speak for DNA Day lecture at UNK
Kearny, Newbraska, Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - Geneticist Shoukhrat Mitalipov will speak at the fourth-annual Doug Lund DNA Day at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Mitalipov will present "Applications of Nuclear Transfer in Regenerative and Reproductive Medicine."

From the Index Journal
At GGC DNA Day is monthlong celebration
Greenwood, South Carolina, Friday, April 8, 2016 - While the 14th annual National Human Genome Research Institute's DNA Day is not until April 25, celebrating genes is a monthlong affair. The Greenwood Genetic Center is hosting the majority of DNA Day events in South Carolina this month, mostly with the help of GGC's mobile science lab Gene Machine, which travels across the state and engages students in fun, educational ways to learn more about genetics.

From the Independent Mail
VIDEO: Daniel High students get hands-on experience in mobile genetics lab
Anderson, South Carolina, Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - D.W. Daniel High School science teacher Chuck Conrad asks the Greenwood Genetic Center to bring its Gene Machine bus to the high school in celebration of DNA Day to enrich his lessons. This is the second year Conrad has taken his students to the mobile lab for class.

From The Brown Daily Herald
DNA Day showcases videos, explains science for public audience
Brown University, Rhode Island, Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - This Brown Daily Herald story features celebrating DNA Day with SciToons, a Brown University initiative that combines art, animation, high-quality multimedia and storytelling to engage a broader audience in science. SciToons presented three videos celebrating the wonders of the double helix in the Granoff Center for the Arts.

From NISE Network
We Dig DNA Day
Bozeman, Montana, Monday, April 4, 2016 - For the first time ever in 2016, Montana State University collaborated with the organizers of DNA Day, a national outreach effort of the National Human Genome Research Institute. Though our NanoDays / MicroDays event was held long before the official DNA Day (April 25, the anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project), we were able to use one of the activities from the DNA Day website.

From Science Sound Bites
Arlington, Virginia, Friday, April 1, 2016 - In this episode of Science Sound Bites, Michael D.L. Jones interviews the DN-"A" Team - Carla Easter, Julie Nadel, Rosann Wise and Kiara Palmer - the developers of National DNA Day and the new National DNA Day website, and other educational and community outreach inititatives of the National Human Genome Research Institute. Hosted by Michael D. L. Johnson, Ph.D., Science Sound Bites is an initiative of the Postdoctoral Leadership Council at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Podcast icon Listen Now

From the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
National DNA Day: Improving genomic literacy on a national scale
Bethesda, Maryland, Monday, March 21, 2016 - NHGRI will mark its fourteenth annual National DNA Day by organizing a nationwide network of educational events for students, teachers and health professionals.

From MIT Stem Pals
Teachers and Students to Celebrate National DNA Day with a Wide Assortment of Events and Activities
Cambridge, Massachusetts, March-April, 2016 - Reprint of a National DNA Day feature story by Kiara Palmer, NHGRI, in the MIT Stem Pals newsletter.

Last Updated: January 4, 2017