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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.

Does studying DNA ever get boring?
     Belen Hurle, Ph.D.: Generating data for use in developing and refining computational tools for comparing genomic sequence from multiple vertebrate species. Never, ever! Being a genetic researcher feels like decoding important messages everyday. You have this question in your mind and you dig in the DNA database for answers. It gives you so much satisfaction when you finally get your answer. Having said so, genetics has many sub-disciplines and I don't like them all the same. It is important to find your focus and concentrate on that area to maximize the fun.
Athens High School in AL (12th grade student)

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