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Celebrate DNA Day on Apr. 25

In recognition of National DNA Day, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) will host a symposium to commemorate two special milestones: the 20th anniversary of the Human Genome Project’s completion and the 70th anniversary of the discovery of the DNA double helix.

The symposium will begin on Tuesday, Apr. 25 at 10 a.m. ET in Lipsett Amphitheater. Attendees can also register to join virtually at

Symposium attendees will explore the evolution and future of genomics research, learn about the greater impacts of genomics on society and discover the wide array of careers in genetics and genomics—from scientists to social media specialists. 

Former NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins will deliver the 2023 Louise M. Slaughter National DNA Day Lecture. The annual lecture honors the life and legacy of the late New York congresswoman, who was a strong advocate for genomics research. She was also responsible for passing the 2003 resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives that created National DNA Day. NHGRI established the Slaughter lecture in 2018.

National DNA Day commemorates successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953. For more information on National DNA Day, visit

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