DNA Day 2009, it’s never too early for high school students to start thinking about next year’s essay contest.The deadline for teachers to submit the top three essays from their classes is March 16, 2009.Rules and questions are posted on the ASHG website.First place winners for each question will win $400, second place winners will get $250, and third place winners will receive $150. The teachers who submit the first place essays will also receive $2000 to purchase laboratory genetics equipment.In 2003 Congress designated April 25th as “DNA Day” to commemorate the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003, and Watson and Crick’s publication of the double-helix structure of DNA in 1953.Educating people of all ages about the importance (and fun!) of genetics is a core value at 23andMe. Our goal is to give you access to your genome and the tools to understand it. To start learning a little more about DNA, take a look at the Genetics 101 section of our website.As DNA Day gets closer, be sure to keep checking in with The Spittoon — we’ll let you know about DNA Day activities planned throughout the country and continue to update you on the latest and greatest in genetics research.