Have you heard of National DNA Day? It’s a day to celebrate the scientific milestones related to the blueprint for life: DNA.
The nucleic acid, DNA, contains the genetic information that all living things pass down through generations. Each step in research that helped us better understand DNA has changed how we look at ourselves, our ancestry, and how we treat diseases.
This article provides a short introduction to National DNA Day to encourage recognition of this day and the major milestones related to DNA. At the end, you’ll find links to National DNA Day activities and resources.
What is National DNA Day?
The National Human Genome Research Institute describes National DNA Day as "a unique day when students, teachers, and the public can learn more about genetics and genomics.” The day celebrates the Human Genome Project and characterization of the structure of DNA.
But how did it become National DNA Day? By a literal act of congress. The United States House of Representatives and Senate declared it so. Originally, the House Resolution Designating National DNA Day declared April 2003 as ‘Human Genome Month’ to commemorate the completion of the sequencing of the human genome and April 25, 2003, as ‘DNA Day’ in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the publication describing the double-helix structure of DNA on April 25, 1953.