DNA Day Events

23chromosomes1.jpgDNA Day is being celebrated around the country on April 25, one week from Friday! To help you participate, we’ve compiled a list of DNA Day happenings. Drop us a line if you know of any we’ve missed.Chat Online with a Geneticist The National Human Genome Research Institute will host an online chat room from 8:00 am to 6:00pm (Eastern) on April 25, 2008. Students, teachers, and members of the public can chat with leading researchers in the field of genetics. To get ideas for questions, check out the transcript from last year’s chat room.North Carolina DNA Day The University of North Carolina is training DNA Day Ambassadors who will visit classrooms across the state to teach about DNA. The North Carolina DNA Day website also has some DNA themed activities you can download. Oklahoma City Community College Oklahoma City Community College received a grant from NHGRI to fund DNA Day activities. They are hosting a DNA Day Symposium and have materials available for use in local classrooms.Brooklyn Public Library On April 25th, 2008 from 10 am – 4 pm the Brooklyn Public Library will host National DNA Day @ Brooklyn Public Library, a program designed to help students, teachers and the public learn more about genetics and genomics.The Discovery Center The Discovery Center in Springfield, Missouri will be hosting an event for DNA Day on April 25, 2008 with exhibits and activities for all ages.Community of Genetics Educators Chat Room On Wednesdays from March 12 until April 23 the Community of Genetics Educators (COGE) will host a live Question and Answer Chat from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT. Chatters can have their questions about DNA Day answered by NHGRI staff.More NHGRI Grants The Wisconsin Department of Health, Miami University in Ohio, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center were each awarded funds by NHGRI to create DNA Day activities in their communities. You can check out descriptions of their projects here.European DNA Day Essay Contest – DNA Day Goes International! If you’re in Europe, check out the European Society of Human Genetics DNA Day essay contest for high school students. The deadline is April 30, 2008.Washington University in St. Louis Washington University will have DNA Day ambassadors for local schools and a DNA Day Symposium.
  • One more for the list:

    The Archon X PRIZE for Genomics has teamed with the Saint Louis Science Center to celebrate DNA Day in style.

    The festivities will begin on the evening of Thursday, April 24th at the Science Café where NIH ambassador, Dr. Daphne Bell, along with Dr. Elaine Mardis and Dr. Jeff Gordon of the Washington University Genome Sequencing Center will be on hand to discuss genome sequencing and to answer questions from the public.

    On Friday, April 25th, the St. Louis Science center has scheduled many kid friendly, interactive events, including making DNA bracelets, DNA tattoos and cheek cell swab experiments. Visitors can also watch several performances of a play about the Archon X PRIZE for Genomics or chat about the genetic traits of dogs with the breeder of Uno, the beagle who won “Best in Show” at the 2008 Westminster Dog Show. Uno may even make a guest appearance as well. Visit http://genomics.xprize.org