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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.

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!)
     Della Brown White, Ph.D.: Examining social and cultural factors that may influence participation in genetics research among minority populations. For many health conditions there are genetic, environmental, behavioral and even social factors that can influence whether an individual is affected by a condition. As we continue to understand the genetic basis of disease it will be important for us to develop appropriate messages to the lay public so that the data is useful for people in making decisions that affect their health.
Rosa L. Parks High School in NJ (teacher)

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