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National DNA Day! April 25 commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project (HDP) in April 2003 and the discovery of the double helix of DNA in 1953.
HGP was one of the great feats of exploration in history — an inward voyage of discovery rather than an outward exploration of the planet or the cosmos. This was an international research effort to sequence and map all of the genes — together known as the genome — of our species, Homo sapiens. Completed in April 2003, HGP gave us the ability, for the first time, to read nature's complete genetic blueprint for building a human being.
In 1953 biologist James Watson and physicist Francis Crick showed that our DNA molecules form a three-dimensional double helix. It was an important link in a long chain of DNA research, which dates back to the late 1860s, according to Nature Education.
Friedrich Miescher was the first to identify what he called "nucleic acid" and which was later called DNA, in our white blood cells. Others later defined the components that make up DNA molecules, identified RNA (ribonucleic acid, the other type of nucleic acid found in all cells along with DNA), and determined that although DNA differs in each species, it always maintains certain fundamental properties.
Those findings helped paved the way for decades of DNA discoveries. Today DNA testing is used for many purposes including uncovering your ethnic origins and finding new relatives. Everyone should get a DNA test.
Order your MyHeritage DNA test kit today! It’s the quickest, easiest, most affordable DNA test on the market. When your DNA kit arrives, simple swab the inside of your cheek, mail your sample in to the MyHeritage lab, and in about 4 weeks your results will be available securely online. Results include an Ethnicity Estimate and list of DNA Matches. MyHeritage offers many tools to make the most of your DNA results including a sophisticated Chromosome Browser, and MyHeritage DNA results are fully integrated into the powerful genealogy platform. You can build a family tree for free, and MyHeritage will search 9 billion historical records to automatically make discoveries about your ancestors. Genetic genealogy — the combination of DNA testing and traditional genealogical methods — is a by far the best way to research your family history and discover new family you never knew about.