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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.

What type of scientist are you?
     Pam Schwartzberg, M.D., Ph.D.: We study mouse models of primary immunodeficiencies (genetic diseases that impair the ability of the immune system to fight infections) and how specific disorders affect responses to infectious diseases. I am a molecular immunologist. Translated to English, that means I study the function of genes and proteins that are important in the immune system to help fight off infection. Much of what my laboratory studies are models of immunodeficiencies--that is diseases that prevent people from fighting infections properly (such as the boy in the bubble).
Flint Northern Academy in MI (11th grade student)

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