Time to celebrate the Double Helix – DNA Day!


This year’s DNA Day celebration is happening a day early, on April 24th, presumably because this is one of the few holidays best celebrated with colleagues. Here at QIAGEN Bioinformatics, we’ll be raising a glass to the team that determined the structure of DNA 62 years ago as well as to the massive global collaboration of scientists responsible for completing the first draft of the human genome a dozen years ago.

We’re thrilled that the National Human Genome Research Institute has continued annual celebrations for DNA Day, which was first designated in the U.S. as a one-time holiday back in 2003. This year, NHGRI highlighted a national Pinterest challenge to engage K-12 students in learning about DNA. Meanwhile, the American Society of Human Genetics is hosting its tenth annual essay contest for DNA Day, open to students in grades 9-12.

In the corridors of QIAGEN Bioinformatics, we like to think we celebrate DNA every day. Our applications and platforms are geared toward helping scientists glean more information from each genome they study, from filtering and interpreting genetic variants to predicting how those DNA changes might affect protein structure. As DNA data becomes increasingly important for patient care, we strive to provide extra layer of knowledge  to help scientists and clinicians find meaningful answers more quickly. You can read some of our customer case studies in our Featured Researcher section. Considering that the first snippets of DNA were sequenced with the most rudimentary tools only 40 years ago, it’s quite remarkable how much the community is achieving with DNA studies today. From accurately linking disease risk to genetic variants to understanding elements like epigenetics, advances and knowledge are developing at a breakneck pace. Recent innovations in gene and genome editing have been downright extraordinary. Truly, we’re witnessing one of the most fascinating revolutions humans have ever experienced.

For our part, we’ll keep pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with automated interpretation and analysis based on elegantly curated data and knowledge. Given how rapidly the field is moving, we can’t wait to see what’s new and exciting on DNA Day next year! Share in the comments, how you will be celebrating The DNA Day!