This week we celebrate National DNA Day!
Every day at 23andMe is DNA Day really, but this day, in particular, is special because it marks the 20th anniversary of the mapping of the human genome. It also marks the 70th anniversary of the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA. So it’s a twofer anniversary.
There’s a lot planned this year. Along with some fun 23andMe will be having in Times Square in New York (check out our Instagram for the full schedule and to see some of the fun), 23andMe is also participating in a symposium sponsored by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). There’s also a nifty map that the NHGRI put together listing other events in the US and around the world you can check out here.
The NHGRI symposium will feature a number of leading experts in the field of genetics, including Francis Collins, the former director of the NHGRI. Collins will deliver a talk on the history of genetic science and its future. Other speakers will include current NHGRI director, Eric Green, and Joyce Tung, Ph.D., Vice President of Research at 23andMe.
The symposium is free, open to the public, and will be held virtually on April 25, 2023. To register, please visit the NHGRI website. To attend the conference virtually, go here.
We hope you will join us in celebrating National DNA Day! This is an important opportunity to learn more about our genes and how they impact our health. It is also a chance to celebrate the progress that has been made in genetic research and to look forward to the future of this field.
Happy DNA Day everybody!