DNA Day 2018: A month of celebration!
This month 65 years ago, Drs. James Watson and Francis Crick of Cambridge University’s Cavendish Laboratory had their paper “Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid” published in the journal Nature. This paper, which accurately described the structure of DNA for the first time, became the tip of a very long spear for genetic research—work that continues to this very day. Without our modern understanding of DNA, countless breakthroughs in science and medicine would’ve never happened.
These days, we know April 25th—the actual day of the paper’s publishing in Nature—as National DNA Day, which also commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003. But Watson and Crick didn’t reach their findings alone. The foundational work they did wouldn’t have been possible without the prior efforts of Dr. Rosalind Franklin, nor the work of dozens of other scientists whose discoveries all facilitated the description of the DNA double helix in one way or another. And let’s not forget: There’s no telling where we’d be had an Austrian monk by the name of Gregor Mendel not investigated the traits of pea plants in the 19th century. And what if Charles Darwin had never taken his fateful trip aboard the HMS Beagle?
That’s why we believe that DNA deserves more than a single day of celebration—so much more, in fact, that we’re celebrating DNA Day all month long! Look for special content throughout April, starting today with a personal DNA story from Dr. Guanghui Hu, CEO and co-founder of Helix partner Admera Health.
Happy DNA Day!