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2008 National DNA Day Online Chatroom Transcript

This is just one question from an archive of the National DNA Day Moderated Chat held in April 2008. The NHGRI Director and many genomics experts from across NHGRI took questions from students, teachers and the general public on topics ranging from basic genomic research, to the genetic basis of disease, to ethical questions about genetic privacy.

What made you go into this career?
     Kris Wetterstrand, M.S.: Working with the Sequences, Maps and Bacterial Artificial Chromosome (BAC) Libraries Program and the ENCODE (ENCyclopedia Of DNA Elements) project. I have always loved biology. I also love math. Since much of genetics is math, I was drawn to it. I spent some time in the lab, but found I didn't want to stay there as a career. So, now I am a government bureaucrat. I help to figure out how to fund the best scientific research possible.
Flint Northern Academy in MI (12th grade student)

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