National DNA Day 2013

Celebrating advances in human genetics and genomics research.

National DNA Day 2013

DNA Day was first celebrated in April 1953 to honor the first discovery of DNA's double helix by James Watson and Francis Crick, who later went on to win the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology in 1962 along with Maurice Hugh Frederick Wilkins. Fifty years later, in April 2003, the Human Genome Project was successfully completed by an international scientific research team who determined the sequence of the chemical base pairs which make up DNA and identified the functional and physical aspect of 20,000–25,000 genes of the human genome. Today, research continues on the analysis of this data and has since expanded to encompass work on more specific disease-causing genes, exploration of new treatments, and beyond.

The Academy is pleased to spotlight the genetics and genomics research of its global scientific community.

Targeting Epigenetic Regulators for Cancer Therapy
Event

Targeting Epigenetic Regulators for Cancer Therapy

May 24, 2013
Epigenetic research has shown that heritable changes in cancer cell transformation occur beyond the primary DNA sequence. This symposium reviews epigenetic regulators in cancer development and progress in designing therapies targeting the epigenome.

Effects of Genome Structure and Sequence on Variation and Evolution
Annals

Effects of Genome Structure and Sequence on Variation and Evolution

This volume revolves around the overarching theme of DNA replication and repair fidelity within the framework of evolution.

Autophagy as a Therapeutic Target in Multiple Diseases: From Molecular Mechanisms to Drug Discovery
eBriefing

Autophagy as a Therapeutic Target in Multiple Diseases: From Molecular Mechanisms to Drug Discovery

Autophagy is a route for degradation of aggregated cellular proteins and dysfunctional organelles. This eBriefing reviews molecular mechanisms that lead to impaired autophagy and strategies for modulating autophagy for therapeutic benefit.

Genome Integrity Discussion Group Meeting
Event

Genome Integrity Discussion Group Meeting

June 3, 2013
The Genome Integrity Discussion Group provides a forum for interactions between basic and clinical research groups working on chromosome biology and function, and at the interface between chromosome integrity and onset and progression of malignancy.

The Year in Human and Medical Genetics: Inborn Errors of Immunity III
Annals

The Year in Human and Medical Genetics: Inborn Errors of Immunity III

The genetic dissection of human primary immunodeficiency is expanding at full speed. This Annals volume provides an overview of the field and recent progress.

The MicroRNA Revolution
eBriefing

The MicroRNA Revolution

This eBriefing features Victor Ambros and Gary Ruvkun, recipients of the 2012 Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research for their role in the discovery of microRNA. Recent research on microRNA is also described.


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