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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.


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What is the diffence between the DNA in a plant and the DNA of an animal?
     Kris Wetterstrand, M.S.: Working with the Sequences, Maps and Bacterial Artificial Chromosome (BAC) Libraries Program and the ENCODE (ENCyclopedia Of DNA Elements) project. The main difference is in the amount and order of DNA. The basic units are the same (adenine, guanine, cytosine and thymine). The differences are in the genes that are encoded and how they are regulated.
Kannapolis Middle School in NC (7th grade student)


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