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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.


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How can knowledge of DNA cure cancer?
     Donna Krasnewich, M.D., Ph.D.: Investigating diseases resulting from abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates. One of the main issues with cancer is that cancer cells do not know when to stop growing. If scientists could figure out which genes in the DNA are involved in why these cells grow so out of control and figure out how to stop it that would certainly be a good therapy for cancer. The other problem with cancer cells is that they invade or metastasize to healthy tissues. Scientists are also working on finding genes that control this invasion and ways to stop it as well. Thank you for asking such a great question.
Fort Dorchester High School in SC (10th grade student)


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