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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.

If one of your parents has Huntington disease, what is the chance that you will get it?
     Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D.: Identifying and understanding genes involved in human disease, including type II diabetes. Huntington disease is a dominant condition. That means that each child of an affected person has a 50% chance of inheriting the condition.
Northern High School in MI (10th grade student)

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