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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.

What is Biotechnology?
     Gary Temple, Ph.D.: Building a public collection of gene transcripts (as cDNAs) for use in studying the structure and function of human, mouse, and rat genes. Biotechnology refers to research and practical applications of biological research, such as ways to improve crops and food production, to improve human and animal health (through new diagnostics tests and medical therapies), and other uses of biological materials. Biotechnology companies typically pursue research in these areas to generate products they hope to sell for a profit.
Kannapolis Middle School in NC (7th grade student)

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