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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.

Are you forced to write lab notebooks?
     Heidi Parker, Ph.D.: Comparing the dog genome to the human genome in an effort to answer questions about disease in both dogs and humans. Keeping very careful records of all of your experiments is an important part of doing science. When an experiment fails or when it works perfectly you will need to know exactly what was done so that you can repeat it or change it appropriately. You also need to have very precise records of what was done when you go to publish your findings.
Alpharetta High School in GA (9th grade student)

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