DNA Day approaches (& when did the day start changing?)

DNA Day is approaching. On April 25th, nearly 60 years ago, Watson and Crick published their research clinching DNA as the genetic code. DNA Day is celebrated internationally to raise the public’s understanding of genetics, DNA and genomics.

You can also check out many sites this month (and through the year) to learn more about genetics and DNA. If you have any, please comment and I’ll add them to our list.

The University of Utah has a great site, “Learn Genetics” with a DNA Day run down.

The research journal Nature has a list of links and topics celebrating the 50th anniversary, including a free archive of the papers published by Watson, Crick, Franklin and others.

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) celebrates National DNA Day every year (though unexplainably a different day in April every year*) with events, chats and more.

I also have a question for our readers, why is the NGHRI celebrating DNA Day on different days the last couple years. I always understood DNA Day to be April 25th because that was the day the Watson/Crick paper was published. NGHGRI’s National DNA Day celebration was on April 25th for the years 2007, 2008 and 2009, but in 2010 it was April 23rd and this year it’s April 15th. I kind of understand last year, like Veterans day or other holiday that falls on a Sunday, it’s nice to move it to a day people pay attention. Last year April 25 fell on a Sunday, so move it to a Friday. It’s not like NHGRI is alone, ASHG, 23andMe and others are doing DNA Day on April 15th this year (well, 23andme had their special yesterday). What’d I miss?