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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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Do you think that we can ever know too much about DNA for our own good?
     Saskia Sanderson, Ph.D.: Investigating the psychological effects (emotional, cognitive and behavioral) of providing individuals with personalized genetic information about their risk of developing common, complex behavior-linked conditions such as lung cancer, heart disease and obesity. It is this kind of question that makes it so important that there are people researching and thinking about the ethical, social, legal, and psychological implications of genetics research. On a broad level, we need to ensure that there are people working on this kind of question at the same time as the scientists are working on the genetics research. On an individual level, it is up to each person to decide how much they do or do not wish to know about their own DNA.
Kittanning Senior High School in PA (9th grade student)


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