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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 Barry Bonds Geneticlly altered or is he just totally juiced?
     Gary Temple, Ph.D.: Building a public collection of gene transcripts (as cDNAs) for use in studying the structure and function of human, mouse, and rat genes. Barry Bonds is clearly a gifted athlete, and despite all the controversy around why he has done so well, it's safe to say his exceptional skills are mostly the result of "good genes" and tireless practice and years of experience. Even if we could identify which genes help to contribute to such unusual ability -- which we currently cannot do -- a large part of outstanding athletes' success certainly results from how hard and long they have worked at perfecting these skills and at what age they begin that effort.
Alpharetta High School in GA (9th grade student)

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