DNA Day was created in 2003 by a congressional resolution to celebrate two important milestones in the study of genetics: the 50th anniversary of the description of the double-helix structure of DNA by James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick and the completion of the Human Genome Project. DNA Day is usually celebrated on April 25th, but to accommodate classroom schedules, many activities will be taking place a day early on Friday April 24th.
- DNA Day Chatroom: The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) will be hosting its annual DNA Day chatroom from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., EDT on April 24th. Genomics and genetics experts will answer questions from students, teachers and the general public on topics ranging from basic genomic research to the genetic basis of disease to ethical questions about genetic privacy. Transcripts from past chatrooms can be found here.
- Teaching Tools for DNA Day: To plan your own DNA Day activities, check out the NHGRI’s collection of teaching tools and webcasts. And don’t miss our collection of DNA-themed activities.
- DNA Day Online: National DNA Day is on Facebook and Twitter. You can compete to win a NHGRI mug in their DNA model photo contest. Pictures can be uploaded through April 24th. You can also send a virtual gene via Facebook (thanks to Genome Alberta) or send a DNA Day e-card.
What are you doing to celebrate? Leave us a comment — we’d love to know. And if you know of any cool DNA Day happenings, let us know about those too!