On April 25, HudsonAlpha celebrated DNA Day, commemorating the discovery of the DNA double helix in 1953, the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003 and the opening of HudsonAlpha in 2008.
To observe the occasion, HudsonAlpha’s Educational Outreach team hosted GeneChat, a social media blitz. An annual event, GeneChat gives students, teachers and the public the chance to have a virtual conversation with educators and scientists on topics related to genetics, genomics and biotechnology.
Rick Myers, PhD, president, science director and faculty investigator at HudsonAlpha joined the Twitter conversation, answering curious students’ questions.
HudsonAlpha’s Facebook and Instagram feeds were also filled with videos and posts highlighting various careers in genetics and biotechnology research – from managing grants to analyzing genomic data to performing experiments in the lab.
HudsonAlpha educators were also monitoring the Educational Outreach SnapChat channel, and Sarah Paulson’s life science classes at New Hope Middle School kept them busy answering questions.
HudsonAlpha Educational Outreach social media posts reached a potential 50,000 viewers on DNA Day!