DNA Day

2022 DNA Day Essay Contest: Full Essays

1st Place: Man Tak Mindy Shie, Grade 12 Teacher: Dr. Siew Hwey Alice Tan School: Singapore International School (Hong Kong) Location: Hong Kong, China Many would say that the most significant stride in recent genetics has been the completion of the human genome, which laid the basis for studying genetic variation. However, let us not forget that this began with... Read More

2022 DNA Day Essay Contest Winners

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all who participated. Happy DNA Day! 2022 Question The “Father of Genetics,” Gregor Mendel, was born 200 years ago in northern Moravia (now Czechia).  His experiments with pea plants led to observations and conclusions that became fundamental principles of genetic inheritance. These principles include: 1) Each organism... Read More

2021 DNA Day Essay Contest: Full Essays

2021 DNA Day Essay Contest: Full Essays

1st Place: Lea Andrew, Grade 12 Teacher: Mrs. Katherine Walker School: Guildford High School Location: Guildford, United Kingdom Greater morbidity and mortality rates of Covid-19 in minority populations have highlighted continuing health disparities in the US and UK (1,2). Principles and values have been promoted to guide genomic research, recognising as an ethical imperative, that advances... Read More

2020 DNA Day Essay Contest Winners

2020 DNA Day Essay Contest Winners

Congratulations to our winners and thank you all for participating. Happy DNA Day! Thank you for making this another successful year! We received many submissions from students in 39 U.S. states, and 28 non-U.S. countries. We would also like to thank the ASHG members who participated in judging the essays. Certificates/Essay Feedback: Participation certificates and... Read More

2020 DNA Day Essay Contest: Full Essays

2020 DNA Day Essay Contest: Full Essays

1st Place: Anisha Parsan, Grade 9 Teacher: Mr. Ricardo Garcia School: Clements High School Location: Sugar Land, TX In the past decade, genetic testing aimed at identifying ancestry has experienced exponential growth, with nearly 26 million tests sold since 2018 (6). Companies – such as 23andMe – offer kits to trace your genetic legacy and geographical origins using Y-chromosome, mitochondrial,... Read More

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