April showers bring May flowers and also National DNA Day, which celebrates two important scientific achievements: the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953 and the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003. According to the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), the Human Genome Project was “the international, collaborative research program whose goal was the complete mapping and understanding of all the genes of human beings. All our genes together are known as our genome.” Today, genomic medicine involves using genetic information for an individual’s clinical care (e.g. to aid diagnosis or treatment decisions) and is making an impact in the fields of cancer, drug research and therapies, rare and undiagnosed diseases, and infectious disease.
Together, we can raise the nation’s awareness about the importance of genomics. The NNLM Reading Club has selected three helpful books to start the conversation:
We encourage you to learn more about DNA & U by reading one of these books and discussing it in your book club. Visit NNLM Reading. Club: DNA & U to get started.
As part of this year’s DNA celebration, we invite you to join the NNLM Reading Club in partnership with the NNLM Community Engagement Center and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health on April 25 for our DNA Day celebration with Genomics authors Hans C. Andersson & Whitney Stewart as they discuss their book. To receive a free Genomics book club kit and to register for the author talk, visit: https://allofus.nnlm.gov/genomics-book-reading-club-kit