Good Start Genetics Celebrates National DNA Day 2017

We’re completely geeking out over here at Good Start Genetics because today is National DNA Day. Everything we do revolves around DNA. If you don’t believe us, just ask our co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Greg Porreca, whose passion for DNA is even apparent on his car’s license plate — now that’s dedication!National DNA Day 2017

So what does National DNA Day really mean? Well, it’s a day to recognize and celebrate two really important events in the genomics world: First, it celebrates the landmark discovery of the structure of DNA, the double helix, which dates all the way back to 1953. Secondly, it celebrates the completion of the Human Genome Project, completed in 2003. Without these milestones, Good Start Genetics and other accomplished companies in our space would not be where we are today. So here’s a shout out to Rosalind Franklin, who is often forgotten for the critical role she played in discovering the helical structure of DNA, along with James Watson,Francis Crick and others, and everyone who had a hand in the Human Genome Project.

The elucidation of DNA’s structure paved the way for advances in genomics, like the Human Genome Project and genetic mutation discovery and identification, which is a huge part of what we do at Good Start Genetics. We wouldn’t be able to offer our genetic testing products, GeneVu, EmbryVu, and VeriYou, without these discoveries and accomplishments.

Since National DNA Day is an opportunity to raise public awareness of genetics and genomics, here at Good Start Genetics, this day serves as a reminder of the import role that genetic counselors play in helping individuals understand their DNA. Genetic counselors are a vital part part in educating individuals and families about their genetics and helping them to make informed decisions based on this information. This is why when any one of our genetic testing options is ordered, it always includes a session with a board-certified genetic counselor — our job isn’t over until the patients we serve understand their results.

National DNA Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on and remember the advancements that came before us and allowed us to get to where we are today. It’s also a chance to have a bit of fun, so we wanted to share one of our personal favorite DNA songs — check it out here.