Today is National DNA Day, and around the nation, educational and research organizations, as well as companies in the field of genomics, recognize this day in April as a pivotal day in genomics innovation. National DNA Day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003, and it recognizes the breakthrough discovery of the double helix of DNA in 1953.
As part of the celebration, there are some fun activities taking place honoring the day.
The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) is hosting an annual DNA Day Online Chatroom. Open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, the virtual discussion is facilitated by NHGRI experts, as well as genetic counselors, clinicians, and genetic experts from across the nation. Visitors are able to chat in real time with world-leading authorities in genomics research.
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) is honoring the day by hosting its 7th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest. Open to students in ninth through 12th grades, according to ASHG, the essay contest “aims to challenge students to examine, question, and reflect on the important concepts of genetics.” The contest offers monetary prizes for first, second and third places, as well as 10 Honarable Mention prizes.
Pathway’s First Annual DNA Day Quiz
Pathway Genomics is recognizing this important day by hosting our first annual DNA Day Quiz and contest! Open to the public, Pathway’s DNA Day Quiz will test your knowledge of genetics, and give you the chance to win an iPad2. The process is easy. Simply “Like” our Facebook page, answer seven short questions, and you could win an iPad2! The winner will be announced on our Facebook page on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, so make sure to bookmark our page and check back regularly.