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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.

Though the general consensus is that the ?Out of Africa? models in the correct interpretation of the evolution of modern man, what evidence does supporters of the Multiregional model cite to support their highly contested theory?
     Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D.: Identifying and understanding genes involved in human disease, including type II diabetes. Some would argue that there is fossil evidence that supports separate human origins in Asia (maybe including the very small "hobbit" skeletons recently found in New Guinea). But the DNA evidence is very strongly against this.
St. Ignatius College Prep in IL (12th grade student)

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