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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.

How does the genetic material differ in humans and cats?
     Heidi Parker, Ph.D.: Comparing the dog genome to the human genome in an effort to answer questions about disease in both dogs and humans. All mammals share a majority of their DNA sequence. The complete genome sequence of the cat has not been done yet but from what we have seen, about 65%, they are no exception. They appear to share about 90% of their genes with humans.
Taylor Road Middle School in GA (6th grade student)

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