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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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Considering some recent studies show that epigenetic traits can be inherited, is there any interest in starting an epigenome project? It seems like an incredibly daunting task.
     Larry Thompson, M.S., M.F.A.: Leads the Communications Branch at the Genome Institute. Actually, you are exactly right that it's a good idea to study the epigenome. The NIH Roadmap for Medical Research, which is an initiative that coordinates research that no one of the 27 institutes and centers that make up NIH would be able to do alone, launched an epigenomics program just last year. You can read all about it at http://nihroadmap.nih.gov/epigenomics/.
Academy of the Sacred Heart Bloomfield Hills in MI (12th grade student)


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