The picture above was taken in Times Square - New York on this DNA Day afternoon April 25th 2012. This is our thank you to all of the researchers that have pushed onward in their quest to untangle the mystery of DNA for such great causes.
Whether you celebrated on April 20th or today the 25th we hope that all researchers enjoy this day of reflection on all the progress that has been made in the world of genomics since that earth shattering day in 1953 when James Watson and Francis Crick went public with their findings. For this reason, DNA day is celebrated every year in April.
Let's take a look back at how this day came about. In April 1953 a paper by James Watson and Francis Crick describing the structure of DNA was published in the scientific journal Nature.
With help from other scientists, Watson and Crick were the first to describe DNA as a double helix, or a twisted ladder shape. Notably, their model of DNA suggested how genetic information is stored and copied. DNA Day commemorates this important landmark in science and also marks the completion of the Human Genome Project, the 13-year international effort that identified the order, or sequence, of more than 3 billion building blocks (bases) in human DNA.
The Human Genome Project was finished in 2003, 50 years after Watson and Crick described DNA as a double helix.
Happy DNA day!