April 25, 2018: DNA Day

WHEREAS, in 2003, the 108th United States Congress declared April 25th National DNA Day in order to honor the 50th anniversary of the discovery by James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick of DNA’s double-helix structure, considered by many to be one of the most significant scientific discoveries of the 20th Century; and,

WHEREAS, April 25, 2003 also marked the completion of the International Human Genome Project, a research effort led in the United States by the National Human Genome Research Institute to sequence the DNA base pairs of the human genome for the first time and make this information freely available to the public; and,

WHEREAS, April 25, 2018 will mark the 65th anniversary of the description of the double-helix structure of DNA, and the 15th anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project, which ushered in the ‘genomics era’; and,

WHEREAS, in April 2018 all are invited to join the National Human Genome Research Institute and its partners in a nationwide public awareness initiative called the ‘15 for 15 Celebration’ to recognize 15 ways that genomics now influences our everyday lives; and,

WHEREAS, an understanding of the human genome is fueling remarkable advances in scientific understanding and medical treatment of both common and rare conditions, to improve the health and wellbeing of all Americans; and,

WHEREAS, an understanding of the human genome is important for making informed medical decisions, engaging in dialogue about ethical and social issues related to genomic technologies, and participating in the biomedical workforce; and,

WHEREAS, an understanding of genomics is advancing fields outside of medicine such as agriculture, where it is helping improve the United States food supply, and forensics, where tools for analyzing DNA can help solve criminal and missing persons cases; and,

WHEREAS, the technology for sequencing DNA has advanced rapidly with increased speed and precision and decreased cost, making knowledge about our ancestral origins and the natural world in which we live more accessible; and,

WHEREAS, the State of Michigan encourages residents to learn more about DNA and the human genome, and for schools, museums, cultural organizations, and other educational institutions to recognize DNA Day through appropriate activities centered on genomics;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 25, 2018 as DNA Day in Michigan.