National DNA Day

What Is It?

National DNA Day is celebrated on April 25 each year and commemorates both the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003, and the discovery of DNA's double helix by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953.

How Does It Work?

Each year from January through May, educators, students and the general public are encouraged to celebrate DNA Day in a variety of ways. They can lead or participating in a virtual hands-on activity, attend a webinar about genomics, or read and catch up on the latest in genomics research.

Why Is It Important To Me?

The profound advances in genomics over the past decade are rapidly leading to exciting opportunities for using genomic information as part of medical care and various aspects of everyday life. To understand and maximize the benefits of genomics, genomic literacy is essential to the general public.