Celebrating the blueprint of life this DNA Day

National DNA Day

Today (April 25) is National DNA Day: a day designed to commemorate the discovery of the double helix by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953, and the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003: a massive undertaking that mapped the entire human genetic code.

Founded by the National Human Genome Research Institute, National DNA Day provides an opportunity for the public to learn more about deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and its impact on genetics, medicine, and society.

Research institutions, schools and universities across the US are encouraged to celebrate DNA Day with workshops and other activities, making the world of genetics accessible to everyone.

In this blog, we look at the significance of DNA discovery, and how this relates to DNA testing – such as that offered by AlphaBiolabs.

DNA discovery

The discovery of the double helix by Watson and Crick, built upon the work of Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins, is one of the most important scientific achievements of the 20th century.

Understanding the structure of DNA has enabled scientists to delve deeper into the genetic blueprint of all living organisms, laying the groundwork for the field of genetics.

It has also made it possible for researchers to:

  • Study the cause of genetic disorders
  • Trace human ancestry
  • Identify the functions of specific genes
  • Develop genetic fingerprinting and DNA profiling

How does DNA testing work?

Even though the structure of DNA was discovered in 1953, it was over thirty years later in 1984 that British geneticist Sir Alec Jeffreys developed genetic fingerprinting and DNA profiling.

This led to the modern-day analysis we now use to look at different people’s DNA in the laboratory.

Today, DNA testing is accessible to everyone and is used daily across the world, for legal purposes (criminal and civil cases), and for peace of mind at-home DNA tests.

The process involves comparing the lengths of variable sections of repetitive DNA, known as short tandem repeat (STR) markers, between people.

These STR markers are highly variable in length between individuals, making DNA testing the most accurate and scientific way to identify someone.

Where can I buy a DNA test?

Hundreds of thousands of people use DNA tests to verify biological relationships with family members, for peace of mind and for legal purposes.

We offer a wide range of at-home relationship DNA tests including:

  • Paternity DNA testing
  • Prenatal Paternity DNA testing
  • Maternity DNA testing
  • Grandparent DNA testing
  • Avuncular (Aunt/Uncle) DNA testing
  • Sibling DNA testing
  • Twin DNA testing
  • Prenatal Gender DNA testing
  • Y Chromosome DNA testing
  • Toothbrush DNA testing
  • Nail DNA testing

In most cases, all that is required is a simple cheek swab sample. We analyze up to 45 DNA markers, so you can be sure of a 100% accurate and reliable result.

We also offer AABB accredited and court-admissible legal DNA tests, with results available in just 3 business days.

You can order your peace of mind at-home DNA test online now, or speak with an advisor for a free, no obligation consultation for legal DNA testing.

Call us on 727 325 2902 or email info@alphabiolabsusa.com for more information.

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