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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.

Would we clone ourselves sometime in the near future? We can already clone sheep and other small animals. Would we be able to clone to animals together, i.e a bear and a sheep?
     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. It may be scientifically possible, but there are many things society would have to consider before we every even really considered cloning a human.

In general, cloning two different species together would not work any more than cross-breeding them by natural methods. But various genes could be shared across species since there are common genes that are shared among all species.
Reagon Elementary School in AR (5th grade student)

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