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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.

If my mothers aunt has Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is there a chance that i could develop the disease
     Clesson Turner, M.D.: I see patients of all ages with genetic disorders/syndromes. I am also working on the ClinSeq project as my research. Approximately 10% of people with ALS have another affected family member. These are referred to as familial or inherited ALS. In this situation a gene mutation can potentially be passed on to other family members. However, most cases of ALS are not inherited.
Sharon High School in PA (12th grade student)

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