Since its inception in 2003, DNA Day has been recognized nationally on an annual basis. It is celebrated as a national day to recognize the discovery of the double helix and the completion of the mapping of the human genome. In Illinois, DNA Day has been celebrated as a day to recognize the importance of genetic health. The annual DNA Day Project in Illinois provides statewide education and outreach to public health staff and patients, with a focus on the importance of family health history and newborn screening.

This year, the theme of DNA Day is The Importance of Online Family Health History Tools in Your Practice.

If you want more information relevant to the DNA Day Illinois Project and genetic health news, check the DNA Annual Celebration page (under RESOURCES in the right-hand column) on the Center for Jewish Genetics’ website and the DNA Day Illinois Facebook page (under RESOURCES in the right-hand column).