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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 best part of being a geneticist?
     Shawn Burgess, Ph.D.: Studying developmental processes and their relation to human genetic disease. Genetics is my favorite approach in biology because it is an approach where you let the organism inform you what is important, often in very surprising ways. You have to be ready for anything, because once you identify the gene causing a certain phenotype, you could suddenly be studying cell biology, chromatin, transcription, or a hundred other different options. You really have to be a Jack-of-all-trades.
St. Ignatius College Prep in IL (12th grade student)


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