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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.

Do genes control absolutly every aspect of your body? Like, do they control health, weight, and disposition?
     Alan Guttmacher, M.D.: Developing new research tools to translate the findings of the Human Genome Project (HGP) into new diagnostic tests and therapies. Genes probably fully control almost nothing about us; however, they partially control almost everything about us. That is because almost all human traits and diseases result from a complex interaction of multiple genetic factors with such other influences as diet, lifestyle, physical environment, culture, and beliefs.
Shikellamy High School in PA (9th grade student)

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