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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.

Should everyone get genetic counseling?
     Dale Lea, R.N., M.P.H., C.G.C., F.A.A.N.: Developing genetics, health education and community involvement programs and resources, and translating genetic and genomic information for the public. Genetic counseling is appropriate for people who have a family history of a genetic condition; who have an infant or child who may have a genetic disorder, and for couples considering pregnancy who have concerns about their family histories. To find out more about genetic counseling you can go to the National Society of Genetic Counselors website at
Northern High School in MI (10th grade student)

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