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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.

Do you love doing your job?
     Sharon Terry, M.A.: Runs the Genetic Alliance, a coalition of over 600 disease specific advocacy organizations working to increase capacity in advocacy organizations and to leverage the voices of the millions of individuals and families affected by genetic conditions. Yes, I love doing my job. I work on genetic diseases very broadly. For example, I was involved in educating the public and the congress about Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act - a bill that passed in the Senate yesterday after a great deal of work!

I also help genetic disease support groups figure out ways to work together and help to get research going on their diseases.

And, I work with many experts in policy, law, sociology and psychology on what we need to understand about genetics in society.

Shikellamy High School in PA (10th grade student)

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