We’re celebrating two of the biggest discoveries in scientific history:
The molecular structure of DNA and the complete mapping of all genes in the human genome
The discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953 and the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 are recognized as two of the most transformational breakthroughs in science. Spectacular advances in gene editing tools, targeted cancer immunotherapy, and pharmaceutical drugs are but a few or the world-changing discoveries that occurred thanks to the new era in biology ushered in by these two events.
On April 25, 1953, James Watson, Francis Crick, Rosalind Franklin, and colleagues announced their discovery of the molecular structure of DNA, which was later published in the journal Nature. Fifty years later, in April 2003, the completion of the Human Genome Project was announced, marking the end of an unparalleled multinational scientific effort that began in 1990 to identify and map all genes in the human genome.
DNA day celebrations began in 2003 when a joint declaration of the United States Congress declared April as “National Genome Month” and April 25 as “DNA Day.” Codex DNA is happy to carry on the tradition. We live and breathe DNA.
Here at the office, we’re celebrating the big day with a mixology happy hour and giveaways to commemorate the world-changing advances enabled by these discoveries. We’re proud to partner with researchers as they continue to advance the revolution begun by these scientific heroes of DNA.
We’ve come a long way since the double helix structure of DNA was first described, and to that, we raise our glass and celebrate. Cheers from the Codex DNA team!