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.
There are conflicting studies that either support or refute a genetic factor which predisposes someone to being overweight. Knowing that there are environmental factors (and willpower) that influence one's weight, how do you feel about the manipulation or misrepresentation of this data? (It often seems that these are being used as excuses!)