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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.

Question for Larry Thompson, M.S, M.F.A. : I got to witness how excited you got when you got a direct question so I have a legitimate question for you. What about biology interests you so much/
     Larry Thompson, M.S., M.F.A.: Leads the Communications Branch at the Genome Institute. So, OK, maybe I got carried away being so excited. I'll try to tone it down. :-) But as for what's cool about biology -- and DNA -- is that it's all about life, and in some ways, the meaning of life. We can see the history of all life on the planet -- and how it has evolved -- written in the DNA, and while that is cool, it is life itself, the plants and animals in all their beauty and complexity, that is ultimately the study of biology, and that, in so many ways, is profound.
Kittanning Senior High School in PA (10th grade student)

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