April 25 is National DNA Day!

National DNA Day commemorates the day in 1953 when Watson and Cricks article on the structure of DNA was published. James Watson and Francis Crick, using research from Rosalind Franklin, discovered DNA's double helix. Fifty years later, in  April 2003, the Human Genome Project was completed. Commemorate DNA day to celebrate these important anniversaries. Learn more about genetics and genomics. Find out how researchers are using this knowledge today!

Clinicians, read this document: Educating Health-Care Professionals about Genetics and Genomics from the 2007 issue of Nature Reviews: Genetics. Genomics will irrevocably change healthcare and medicine,  yet, relatively few practitioners know how to utilize genomics in their practice. This paper gives guidelines for medical genetic training and provides resources for continuing genetic training. Case studies address referral of patients to genetic experts, the use of genetic tests, and the ethical concerns associated with genetic information.

Educators and students, learn more about research in genetics and genomics as well as genomic career opportunities by visiting the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) web site.  Chat with leading researchers in the field of genetics, or listen to webcasts of NHGRI researchers.  Some of these webcasts are also available in RSS for podcast.
Another resource for DNA Day activites is the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) website.

 

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