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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 it true that scientist have proven that professional scientist are not as smart as the average high school student?
     Phyllis Frosst, Ph.D.: Investigating genetic discrimination, direct to consumer marketing of genetic tests and pharmacogenomics. That's a common urban legend. As it turns out, the average high school student is nowhere near as smart as the average professional scientist, in large part based on data collected from the types of questions they ask. An interesting area of research if you have what it takes to become a professional scientist someday.
Dixie High School in SC (12th grade student)

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