It’s DNA Day! Today we commemorate the completion of the Human Genome Project in April of 2003 and the discovery of DNA’s double helix structure by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953. This is a day for everyone to learn more about genetics and genomics.
I took a genetics class in college, so, let me explain this in laymen terms (this is gonna be fun). DNA is basically the boss of your body and every cell in it. And, while it’s not the only reason you’re so much fun to be around, it has something to do with it. Every cell in your body has DNA giving it instructions to follow, so everything goes according to plan. But, just like when people don’t do what I say, things get messed up and BOOM, you’re stuck with a disease or an odd growth on your neck.
To celebrate, I think the first thing you should do is thank or blame your parents. They gave you the DNA, not me. Secondly, you should probably want a better explanation than the 80 words I gave you. The National Human Genome Research Institute can help you or that place called college where you get that thing called an education and you can prove it with a degree. To my surprise, there is a lot of celebrating going on today, #DNADayChat on Facebook and Twitter to join a live Q&A or check your state for DNA Day events. There’s a huge cluster of activities in the Carolinas! But, if you’re like me and there is NOTHING on the NIH map for your area and you’ll be at work during the live chat, I suggest you binge watch CSI and learn how not to leave your DNA all over a crime scene, #SpreadTheWordNotYourDNA.
Below is a video of how you probably shouldn’t celebrate today, unless making silly videos is part of your DNA. Have fun and HOLIDAY ON MY FRIENDS!