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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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What are your views on the ethics of human reproductive cloning?
     Colleen McBride, Ph.D.: Developing new interventions to promote changes in people's behavior in ways that will lower their risk of developing certain diseases. Human cloning is a very broad issue. If you are asking about cloning human cells for understanding the biology of disease, that I might regard as acceptable. If you are referring to cloning a full human being, then I can not see any benefits to society that would justify this ethically.
Rock Canyon High School in CO (11th grade student)


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