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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.

Are we trying to find a cure for Diabetes?
     Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D.: Identifying and understanding genes involved in human disease, including type II diabetes. Absolutely! And the recent discoveries of genetic risk factors for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes provides some of the best clues we've had in a long time for new treatment ideas. Those won't happen overnight, but there is better hope now for a cure than ever before.
Waterville High School in WA (11th grade student)

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