DNA Day commemorates the discovery of the structure of DNA in 1953 and the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003. Completed in 2003, the Human Genome Project was a 13-year project coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health. The primary goal of the project was to determine the sequence of chemical base pairs which make up DNA and to identify the approximately 20,000-25,000 genes of the human genome. As a result of the Human Genome Project, a Congressional resolution designated April 25 as the National DNA Day.
DNA Day is a unique day when people can learn more about genetics and genomics. UIC-Midwest Latino Health Research Training and Policy Center, the Center for Jewish Genetics, and the Genetic Program of the Illinois Department of Public Health will be leading numerous educational activities leading up to 2009 DNA day. Learn more at the official DNA Day 2009 website.
DNA Day Activities and Resources
Learn more about genetic counseling and what to expect from a session with a counselor with this video. Courtesy of the Carol & James Herscot Center for Children and Adults with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. Produced by the WGBH Educational Foundation ©2006 The General Hospital Corporation