Happy National DNA Day in 2020

By | February 24, 2020

April 25th is DNA Day, celebrating both the disclosure of the twofold helix structure of DNA in 1953 just as the effective consummation of the Human Genome Project in 2003. Turn Bioscience is pleased to praise this day, and all the developments empowered by these accomplishments.

On April 25th, 1953, Francis Crick, James Watson, Rosalind Franklin, Maurice Wilkins, and their associates distributed papers in the diary Nature depicting the helical structure of DNA. These disclosures made ready for a tremendous host of research in numerous fields, prompting significant logical leaps forward.

This x-beam diffraction design, produced in the research facility of Dr. Rosalind Franklin, was utilized by Francis Crick and James Watson to build up the twofold helix model of DNA structure. (Picture copyright: King’s College London)

Catching the massive effect of Watson, Crick, Franklin, and Wilkins’ revelation on our present reality have filled a few books as of now, and a comprehensive rundown would be alongside incomprehensible. To get out a couple of significant features, three key zones drastically progressed by the revelation of DNA are medication, crime scene investigation, and horticulture. In medication, DNA has empowered the early analysis, treatment, and, at times, even fix of hereditary infections. What’s more, our comprehension of DNA facilitates our comprehension of complex ailments like disease, and empowers specialists to create imaginative medications. In the field of criminological science, DNA proof has tackled endless wrongdoings and absolved numerous wrongly indicted in legal disputes far and wide. DNA empowers the recognizable proof of imperiled creatures and new species regardless of where they are found. The effect of DNA on horticulture tretches out a long ways past the United States, with crops that are currently dry spell tolerant, with expanded dietary benefit, especially significant in creating countries.

On April 14, 2003, the Human Genome Project was announced effectively finished in a news discharge from National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), the Department of Energy (DOE), and partners from the International Human Genome Sequencing Consortium. The outcomes were distributed in Nature on April 24th, 2003, precisely 50 years after the underlying production on the structure of DNA.

The union of these significant achievements in DNA examine prompted the U.S. Congress broadcasting April 25th, 2003 as National DNA Day. Consistently since, there have been yearly across the country DNA Day festivities sorted out by the National Human Genome Research Institute and the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG). DNA Day has since extended, and is presently praised everywhere throughout the world. Look at this guide of DNA Day occasions from the NHGRI to discover the festival closest you!

Adding to the festival, April is additionally a significant month for Twist Bioscience. We were established on April fifteenth, 2013 by our trio of prime supporters: COO Bill Banyai, CEO Emily Leproust, and CTO Bill Peck. Since, there have been many significant occasions at Twist Bioscience:

April 2015: Launch of alpha access program for enormously equal quality blend utilizing exclusive silicon-based DNA union stage

November 2015: Ginkgo Bioworks consents to buy 100 million base sets of engineered DNA from Twist Bioscience, a volume assessed to be 10% of all manufactured DNA bought every year at that point

April 2016: Launch of beta program, offering higher throughput manufactured DNA creation

April 2016: Twist Bioscience obtains Genome Compiler to include quality structure capacities

April 2016: Microsoft buys manufactured DNA from Twist Bioscience for computerized information stockpiling research

October 2016: Twist Bioscience includes new South San Francisco site to grow quality creation limit

Walk 2017: Twist Bioscience has raised an aggregate of $166 million in financing to quicken our development and extension

April 2017: Microsoft grows its relationship with Twist Bioscience, buying an extra 10M strands of DNA to seek after computerized information stockpiling with University of Washington

DNA Day is extraordinary to Twist Bioscience. It is a period for us to think about how far DNA explore has come, and anticipate world-changing advances empowered by new advances for incorporating and sequencing DNA.

The main couple a long time at Twist Bioscience were centered around creating and streamlining our restrictive innovation that empowers greatly equal union of DNA on silicon. Over the most recent two years, we have extraordinarily extended our business activities and are presently selling clonal qualities, quality sections, oligo pools for CRISPR screening, variation libraries for neutralizer and protein building, and are quickening research in new fields, for example, DNA information stockpiling.

National DNA Day of History

On April 25, 1953, atomic researcher James Dewey Watson’s scholastic paper showing DNA’s twofold helix structure (which he co-wrote with British sub-atomic scholars Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins) was distributed in the logical diary, Nature. After nine years, the three researchers were granted the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for uncovering the atomic structure of nucleic acids and its significance for hereditary data move in living creatures.


On April 14, 2003, the Human Genome Project, a global logical research venture with the objective of deciding the base combines that make up human DNA and distinguishing all qualities of the human genome, was pronounced finished. The task went on for a long time, completing two years in front of calendar, and was openly financed by the U.S. government. It initially set to outline nucleotides contained inside a human haploid genome, however researchers immediately understood that the genome of some random individual is totally novel, so mapping the human genome included mapping the DNA of few people and afterward sorting them hard and fast to make a total succession for every individual chromosome. Which means the total human genome is more-so a mosaic instead of delegate of any one person.

Following the fulfillment of the Human Genome Project, both the Senate and the House of Representatives declared April 25, 2003 DNA Day and April as Human Genome Month. The day stamped a long time since Watson, Crick, and Wilkins’ scholarly paper was distributed and the month itself was viewed as noteworthy in genome revelation. Be that as it may, they just proclaimed it a one-time festivity instead of a yearly occasion. From that point forward, National DNA Day occasions and festivities have been facilitated by the National Human Genome Research Institute so as to energize further research just as celebrate and keep on recognizing the entirety of the difficult work that has been committed to the investigation of DNA.

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