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Texas A&M DNA Day Celebrates Genetic Research

Texas A&M's annual DNA Day showcases how advances in genomic research are reshaping lives and the ethical challenges of modern medicine.

Texas A&M celebrated DNA Day 2019 with a talk and book signing by an award-winning journalist and exhibits highlighting the importance of public education about the role of genetics in health care.

A&M’s DNA Day took place in Rudder Exhibit Hall. Events included an educational booth and research poster fair that covered a variety of topics related to genetics and DNA such as extracting DNA from a strawberry and debunking GMO myths.

A talk and book signing from journalist and author Bonnie Rochman followed the exhibits.

The DNA Day event is sponsored by Texas A&M Institute for Genome Sciences and Society, the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Communication to transmit knowledge of genetics to a lay audience.

National DNA Day, April 25, is an annual celebration of the completion of the Human Genome Project and the discovery of the double helix. According to the National Human Genome Research Institute, DNA Day is celebrated to increase public knowledge of advances in genomic research and how the advances might affect their lives.

Bonnie Rochman presented research from her new book “The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing The Way We Have Kids – And The Kids We Have.”

The first event of DNA Day, interactive booths and research posters, was hosted by Assistant Professor Emily Rauscher’s COMM 470: Communication in Health Care Contexts class.

“The booths are put on by the class with research conducted by them and graduate students from the Texas A&M Genetics Department,” Dr. Rauscher said. “Undergrad and graduate students worked together on the posters to communicate the importance of the student’s research to a non-scientist audience.”

After the booth and poster fair, guests moved to Rudder Theater to listen to Rochman discuss her book, “The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing The Way We Have Kids – And The Kids We Have.”

Rochman spoke on the research from her book about how genetic advances are reshaping the experiences of families and the ethical challenges of modern medicine. Post-talk, a reception and book signing were held with copies of Rochman’s book available for purchase.

More information on National DNA Day is available at Rochman’s book is available for purchase at

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