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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.

Is it possible to manipulate myostatin in humans to increase perfomance potential?
     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. So far, the mutations in myostatin that have been found developed naturally in the individuals that carry them. One such mutation was found in a human child. There are studies looking at ways to use myostatin to treat degenerative muscle disorders. If these are successful it is possible that they could also be used for enhancement as well. We will all have to wait and see.
St. Ignatius College Prep in IL (12th grade student)

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