It’s National DNA Day! Today commemorates two important events in the history of DNA research—James Watson and Francis Crick’s discovery of the double helix in 1953, and the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003. Both of these accomplishments have had a huge impact on modern biomedical research and innovation.
The official sponsor of National DNA Day is the National Human Genome Research Institute, which is part of the NIH (National Institutes of Health). Every year, the institute hosts a series of presentations, online forums, and contests to help celebrate this unique branch of science.
Participate in one of the many activities happening today and take a moment to learn something new about genetics and DNA! Happy National DNA Day!