National DNA Day
This year, on April 23rd- the National Donate Life Blue and Green Day – it’s been recognized as an important opportunity to raise awareness about organ donation. The history behind this event can be traced back to organizations like DonateLife America where they have worked hard at changing attitudes so that more people are willing to volunteer or donate their organs after death if possible!
Why National DNA Day?
The day DNA was officially discovered, our understanding of who we are changed forever. Since that time, genes have provided the blueprint for life and given meaning to why people behave as they do – helping them understand where all things come from in this world!
DNA is often thought of as a modern discovery, but in reality, it was discovered more than 100 years ago. The story begins with Dr. Johann Friedrich Miescher who identified this molecular substance called “DNA” while working at the University Of Tübingen near Stuttgart Germany during the 1860s!
Johann discovered that when salt is added to water, it dissolves in an alkali. When this happens the cell separates into two parts: a clear cytoplasm and dark dense membrane called “the nuclear membrane”.
When Johann was investigating the substance formed, he realized that it had properties that were different from those of other known substances. He called this newfound variety Nuclein because in his opinion they derived from within cells’ nuclei – an idea later proved wrong by scientists who showed how many components makeup DNA (the molecules responsible for transmitting genes). It wasn’t until 1874 did these findings become publicly available after being studied extensively at universities around Europe; however, their importance can be seen throughout science today with every discovery changing life as we knew before National DNA Day!
In 2003, the Human Genome Project was completed and so National DNA Day recalls that moment in 1953 when James Watson & Francis Crick discovered how molecules are made up of sequences-which then led to their theory on DNA’s structure. The day has been officially celebrated since April 25th, 1999 after it passed through three sessions at the first US Congress where they designated this event as a way to celebrate what we’ve accomplished thus far with our knowledge about genetics!
DNA Day is a global celebration of all things DNA. This annual event, which started in 2009 and was sponsored by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) gets renamed each January until May according to when they want it celebrated most prominently again this year — It’ll be called ‘Genomic altruism day’!”
How can we observe National DNA Day:
- National Human Genome Research Institute: DNA is a powerful hereditary material that enables life on Earth. This month, the National Institutes of Health will be celebrating DNA through events starting from April 23rd to 26th! The speakers and scientists come together for an understanding of what it does in our bodies as well as future discoveries possible because this molecule has been around since bacteria first started changing genetics over 3 billion years ago.
- NC DNA Day: The DNA Day Network is a group that unites North Carolina’s research universities and high schools to host their annual event, where students get the opportunity to learn about genetics through lectures as well as fun activities.
American Society of Human Genetics: The American Society of Human Genetics has an annual essay contest for high schools throughout the United States where students from grades 9-12 can enter. The winners are announced on April 25th by members of ASHG, and this year’s topic was “What does your DNA tell you?”
Interesting facts about National DNA Day:
You may be surprised by the similarities between yourself and others. Your DNA can tell a story that will make you feel like part of something greater than just an individual, or it could identify Where your ancestors came from in almost minute detail!
History of National DNA Day:
James Watson and Francis Crick published a paper explaining the structure of DNA in 1953, leading to an extraordinary development. The two milestones which have helped make this possible are made from genetics fields As we celebrate one day each year for achievement I hope everyone takes time to recognize what great work they did so many years ago!