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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.

How many years of college did you go through and why did you want this job?
     Shawn Burgess, Ph.D.: Studying developmental processes and their relation to human genetic disease. For a biologist, my amount of time in school is pretty typical: 4 years of undergraduate, 5 1/2 years in graduate school, and 5 years in what is called a "postdoc" before I obtained my current position. I like being a scientist because of the creative freedom, the chance to discover something that no one else knows, and individuality that the profession provides. I also hate wearing ties.
Palms Middle School in CA (7th grade student)

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