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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.

Did you guys ever have any major problems while trying to map the human genome?
     Kris Wetterstrand, M.S.: Working with the Sequences, Maps and Bacterial Artificial Chromosome (BAC) Libraries Program and the ENCODE (ENCyclopedia Of DNA Elements) project. There were barriers to overcome in order to figure out what to do. Researchers had to decide between multiple approaches to handling the genome - piece by piece or the whole genome at once. Information storage (i.e. computers) had to be sorted out. Analytical methods had to be developed. And many, many people had to be coordinated.
Palms Middle School in CA (7th grade student)

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