Contact: Geoff Spencer
NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute
National DNA Day
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It is a day to learn about deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) -- the genetic instruction book that you get from your parents and contains the instructions for making YOU!
All plants, animals, and even germs have their own DNA blueprints, which scientists call genomes. This instruction book is located in the control center, or the nucleus, of each of your cells. If you unwound all the DNA packed into a single cell, it would stretch 6 feet long!
For more fun facts about DNA, check out the National Human Genome Research Institute's web site, www.genome.gov/DNAday.