National DNA Day!
It is fitting that this year’s Academy Research Conference, “Genetics & Hearing Loss” falls exactly one week prior to National DNA Day, April 25.
National DNA Day was first celebrated in 2003 in recognition of the completion of the Human Genome Project (HGP) in 2003 and the discovery of the double helix by Watson and Crick in 1953. It is, however with a heavy heart, that this will be the first DNA Day since the recent passing of Sir John Sulston whose tireless advocacy and work allowed the HGP to be free and open access. He argued that the HGP was more than just a scientific experiment and that allowing access to the vast amount of data would accelerate the advancement of knowledge across disciplines.