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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.

Where do you start when you begin to research a trait or gene? What are the usual steps for the research?
     Kris Wetterstrand, M.S.: Working with the Sequences, Maps and Bacterial Artificial Chromosome (BAC) Libraries Program and the ENCODE (ENCyclopedia Of DNA Elements) project. One way to look for a gene associated with a trait is to find a population (a group of people for example) that have a certain trait (say, a disease) and then find the genetic sequences in common in those people. This may sound simple, but it is hard research to do.
Abbeville High School in SC (12th grade student)

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