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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.

With the help of DNA is it possible to bring back extinct species like the mammoth?
     Belen Hurle, Ph.D.: Generating data for use in developing and refining computational tools for comparing genomic sequence from multiple vertebrate species. Funny that you ask! Just a couple of years ago researchers successfully read long stretches of mammoth DNA extracted from fossil bones. In fact, there is a whole electronic database of DNA from extinct animals and plants. Querying the information they were able to collect the investigators were able to deduce interesting facts, such as that mammoth's fur was of different colors. But bringing back the species is a science fiction scenario with the current technology.
Preeti Govindas, M.Sc, SMV Center for Biotechnology (Higher Education student)

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