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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 cells are in the body?
     Shawn Burgess, Ph.D.: Studying developmental processes and their relation to human genetic disease. Right now, there is no real answer to that question (can you imagine counting them all?). There are a variety of estimates that range from 10 trillion to 100 trillion. I can safely say there are an amazingly large number of cells in our body.
Palms Middle School in CA (7th grade student)

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