DNA Day Celebrates Historic Discovery


April 25 marks the 60th anniversary of DNA Day!

In 1953, three scientists (James Watson, Francis Crick, and Maurice Wilkins) published papers in Nature magazine detailing the structure of DNA. 50 years later to the day, the Human Genome Project declared that the first human genome was on the verge of being sequenced.

The scientific holiday is recognized internationally by the National Human Genome Research Institute and is an opportunity to reflect on both the importance of the discovery and all the tremendous research progress that has been made during the last six decades.

This year, institutions around the world took time to mark the occasion. The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History rolled out a special lecture series and engaged students with educational and fun activities; the American Society of Human Genetics sponsored a unique DNA essay contest; and Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, penned an introspective piece on the historical importance of the DNA breakthrough.

The influential and important work of Drs. Watson, Crick and Wilkins also laid the foundation for the cutting-edge initiatives taking place today at Coriell. In 2013, the Institute is celebrating its 60th year of scientific research, and today we honor a discovery that's made it all possible.

Happy DNA Day!

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