25. Apr. 2022
National DNA Day is celebrated on 25th April all over the world and raises awareness about the discovery of DNA's double helix by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953 and the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003. This annual celebration offers students, teachers and the general public many exciting opportunities to learn about the latest advances in genomic research and to explore how those advances might impact their lives.
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) in the United States began celebrating DNA Day annually on April 25th after the 108th Congress passed concurrent resolutions designating it as DNA Day. 25th April has since been declared "International DNA Day" and "World DNA Day" by several groups and is celebrated by researchers all over the world. In the Czech Republic the DNA Discovery has much deeper historical roots, as the father of modern genetics G. J. Mendel laid down the foundation of genetics in Brno already in 1865.
Gregor Johann Mendel, through his work on pea plants, discovered the fundamental laws of inheritance. He deduced that genes come in pairs and are inherited as distinct units, one from each parent. Mendel tracked the segregation of parental genes and their appearance in the offspring as dominant or recessive traits. He recognized the mathematical patterns of inheritance from one generation to the next. The genetic experiments Mendel did with pea plants took him eight years (1856-1863) and he published his results in 1865. During this time, Mendel grew over 10,000 pea plants, keeping track of progeny number and type. Mendel's work and his Laws of Inheritance were not appreciated in his time. It wasn't until 1900, after the rediscovery of his Laws, that his experimental results were understood.
Don´t hesitate and join the global scientific community for the Mendel Genetics Conference!
To pay tribute to the leading scientific visionary of the 19th century, Mendel Genetics Conference will take place between 20th and 23rd July, 2022, in Brno (Czech Republic). Brno is the city where Mendel spent a substantial part of his life, and where he laid the foundations of genetics. Among the key note speakers at the upcoming Mendel Genetics Conference will be three Nobel Prize laureates:
Prof. Ada E. Yonath, Prof. Thomas R. Cech and Prof. Sir Paul Nurse. This conference will provide unique multidisciplinary view on genetics covering human genetics and inherited diseases, human cancer genetics, plant genetics, animal genetics, novel emerging technologies in genetic research, but also history of genetics, ethical questions in genetics and genetics and its impact on society. Conference participants will have plenty of opportunities to learn, meet and network in authentic locations connected with Mendel´s work and visit other places associated with Mendel´s life as part of the accompanying conference program.
Coming to Brno in the middle of the summer has many advantages due to its strategic location between two breath taking European capitals - Prague and Vienna. While scientific community gathers at the Mendel Genetics Conference their family members can enjoy plenty of tourist attraction the region has to offer. The conference will take place directly at Mendel´s former work place at the Augustinian Abbey in Brno and the newly renovated boutique Hotel Passage. Hotel Passage is reborn Brno legend, that was initially built in 1928 as a metropolitan palace, designed by the famous architect Bohuslav Fuchs. The hotel Passage offers more than hundred design rooms, first class restaurant and extensive state-of-the-art congress centre.
The Organizing Committee of the Mendel Genetics Conference has decided to support researchers from Ukraine by announcing the Cyril Napp Scholarship (Cyril Napp was an Augustinian abbot and mentor of Gregor Mendel). The scholarship will cover 100% of their registration fee and will be awarded to the first 30 researcher with Ukrainian citizenship, who registers for the conference.