Celebrate World DNA Day 2015


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Updated : Mon, November 16, 2015 @ 6:58 PM

Originally published : Tue, Apr 21, 2015 @ 03:02 PM

This Saturday, April 25, 2015, will commemorate the 12th World DNA Day - A holiday which is not well known to most people; even those in the scientific fields. Yet, this day represents a celebration of the supreme scientific achievements in genetics and molecular biology. The holiday was instituted on April 25, 2003 as a celebration of the completion of the initial Human Genome Project. This date also has great significance in the history of scientific discovery; April 25, 1953 was the publication date of seminal publications on the structure of DNA in the journal Nature by James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin. Three of these researchers later went on to receive the 1962 Nobel Prize for their research. So as you are relaxing this weekend (or working long hours in the lab) take a moment to think about how far our understanding of DNA has come and imagine what the future has in store for us!


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