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Next Tuesday, April 25th, is National DNA Day.

It commemorates two amazing milestones in human genetic history: the discovery in 1953 of the DNA double helix by Cambridge University scientists James D. Watson and Frances H.C. Crick; and the completion in 2003 of the Human Genome Project.1

Now, only one of those events was on April 25th.

Watson and Crick actually announced their belief that they might have determined the double-helix structure of DNA on the 28th of February. They announced they were sure of it on the 25th of April.2 Just for the record, it also wasn’t only Watson and Crick — an English chemist and X-ray crystallographer named Rosalind Franklin did much of the early data modeling.3

And it was on April 14, 2003, that “the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), the Department of Energy (DOE) and their partners in the International Human Genome Sequencing Consortium announced the successful completion of the Human Genome Project.”4

But whether we should have celebrated last Friday or back in February or waited until next week or next February, one thing we’re all in time for: a National DNA Day celebration sale on almost all of the tests offered by many of the DNA companies.

And here’s one thing more: if we buy test kits through the links you can find here, at the Your Genetic Genealogist blog written by CeCe Moore, we can help people who couldn’t otherwise afford to have their DNA tested: people who are adoptees or foundlings or have unknown parentage problems, and limited financial resources.

There are links here for savings on kits from:

Family Tree DNA: $20 off the Family Finder autosomal test ($59, down from $79); $50 off the mitochondrial (mtDNA) full sequence test ($149, down from $199), and $40 off the YDNA37 marker test ($129, down from $169) — and other savings to boot, on the Y67, Y111, Big Y and SNP tests.

• AncestryDNA: 20% off in the United States, $30 off in Canada, and 25% off in the UK.

LivingDNA: $40 off its test — currently an ethnicity test with matching to come ($119, down from $159 in the UK, and £119 down from £159 in the UK).

All of these links on this page — which will be updated if any additional sales are announced — benefit the DNA Detectives Kits of Kindness Program with a percentage of all commissions going to the donated kits.

What, you ask, is the DNA Detectives Kits of Kindness Program?

First off, the DNA Detectives Facebook group is a group dedicated to helping those with unknown parentage situations find their families. It’s a private group; you have to ask to join; posts in the group are not to be shared outside of the group.

Second, the group realized early on that not everybody has the resources to do DNA testing, particularly not as widely as is often necessary to get an answer. So in 2016, the group launched the Kits of Kindness DNA testing kit donation program. “To date, the program has been responsible for over 400 people receiving donated DNA kits, and many of them discovering and being reunited with previously unknown biological family members.”5

The program gets kits directly — people donate a kit for use by someone else — or through donations that fund the purchase of kits or — as now — through the small amounts it receives from each kit bought through a referral link.

So… bottom line… you know you want to DNA test. You know you want your siblings and parents and aunts and uncles and cousins to DNA test. And you know you want to save money. So buy your test kits during the annual National DNA Day sales and save money.

And by buying them through the referral links for the DNA Detectives Kits of Kindness Program, you not only save money, you do good as well.


SOURCES

  1. National Human Genome Research Institute, “National DNA Day” (http://www.genome.gov/ : accessed 20 Apr 2017).
  2. Feb 28, 1953: Watson and Crick discover chemical structure of DNA,” This Day in History (http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history : accessed 20 Apr 2017).
  3. See Wikipedia (http://www.wikipedia.com), “Rosalind Franklin,” rev. 12 Apr 2017.
  4. National Human Genome Research Institute, “https://www.genome.gov/11006943/” (http://www.genome.gov/ : accessed 20 Apr 2017).
  5. The DNA Detectives Announces the Kits of Kindness Donation Program,” DNA Detectives Kits of Kindness, posted 1 Jan 2017, updated 19 Apr 2017 (http://ddkitsofkindness.blogspot.com/ : accessed 20 Apr 2017).
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