National DNA Day 2013
Celebrating advances in human genetics and genomics research.
Published April 16, 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.
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