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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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Is intelligence related to any gene?
     Erin Ramos, Ph.D., M.P.H.: Supports multi-disciplinary research in epidemiology and genomics that encourages 1) the application of genomic technologies to existing population and clinical studies and 2) the development of new population resources for investigation of genetic and environmental contributions to complex diseases. That is a very good and complicated question. There have been studies that have tried to correlate genes with intelligence. But, these studies are hard to interpret because traits like intelligence are very complicated are likely influenced by genes and even more so by our environment (non-genetic factors).
Preeti Govindas, M.Sc, SMV Center for Biotechnology (Higher Education student)


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