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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 bioethics affect how you perform your job?
     Kris Wetterstrand, M.S.: Working with the Sequences, Maps and Bacterial Artificial Chromosome (BAC) Libraries Program and the ENCODE (ENCyclopedia Of DNA Elements) project. My office, which deals with the funding of research projects at many institutions, has a specific program to fund research in ethics, law and sociology. So, it is very important. In addition, bioethics plays a significant role in all the other research that we fund. We take bioethics into account when setting research policies about data release and the use of humans in research.
Rosa L. Parks High School in NJ (10th grade student)

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