National DNA Day Celebrates 20 Years!
Congress approved the first National DNA Day in April 2003 to celebrate both the completion of the Human Genome Project and the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA.
This year is extra special! People across the world on April 25, 2023 will commemorate both the 20th anniversary of the Human Genome Project’s completion and the 70th anniversary of the discovery of the DNA double helix.
The Discovery of DNA
On April 25, 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick formally announced their discovery of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in a short letter published in the science journal, Nature.
Rosalind Franklin should also be credited with the discovery of DNA … she created and used a technique called X-ray crystallography which revealed the helical shape of the DNA molecule.
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