There’s no question about it – DNA IS AWESOME AND ALL THINGS GENETIC ROCK. Those looking for evidence to support this claim need not look further than April 25th, National DNA Day.

National DNA Day commemorates the day in 1953 when James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind Franklin, and others published papers on the structure of DNA. The holiday was first celebrated in the US in 2003, when both the Senate and the House of Representatives announced it as a one day event, alongside a declaration that the Human Genome Project was nearly complete.

National DNA Day was not intended to be an annual holiday. Hence, you will be hard-pressed to find an appropriate Hallmark card to share with your fellow DNA fanatics. Every year from 2003 onward, however, DNA Day celebrations have been organized by the National Human Genome Research Institute. April 25 has since been declared “International DNA Day” and “World DNA Day” by various international consortia and universities.

So, how does one celebrate such a fantastic day? Fun and innovative ideas abound on the internet.

Whatever you do decide to do, just remember . . . DNA made this day possible!


Shannon Wieloch

Shannon Wieloch is a licensed board-certified genetic counselor at CooperGenomics. Her primary responsibility is to provide genetic counseling to CooperGenomics patients. Other professional roles include managing the genetic content on social media, supervising graduate students, and conducting research.

Prior to joining CooperGenomics, Shannon worked in cardiac research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and in prenatal genetic counseling at The Delaware Center for Maternal and Fetal Medicine. She received a dual B.S. in biology and psychology from The University of Pittsburgh and her M.S. in genetic counseling from Arcadia University. Her passion is to provide comprehensive genetic education to medical professionals, patients, and the general public. In her free time, she loves to travel, doodle, play board games with her girls, and take too many pictures of her cat.