NATIONAL DNA DAY
On April 25, people across the nation observe National DNA Day.
The science journal, Nature, published a short letter written by James Watson and Francis Crick on April 25 announcing their discovery of the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).
Fast forward to 2003 and The Human Genome Project whose goal was to map the nucleotides contained in human DNA was declared complete on the same day.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Each year on National DNA Day, students, teachers and the public are encouraged to learn more about genetics and genomics. Share your ideas about National DNA Day using #NationalDNADay on social media.
NATIONAL DNA DAY HISTORY
National DNA Day was first celebrated in the United States on April 25, 2003, by proclamation of both the Senate and the House of Representatives, as a one-time celebration. Each year after 2003, National DNA Day celebrations have been organized by the National Human Genome Research Institute. Since this time, several groups have also declared April 25 as “International DNA Day” and “World DNA Day. (http://www.genome.gov/)
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