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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.

If my dad and grandfather both have diabetes, what are my chances of also having this disease?
     Barbara Biesecker, M.S.: Researching ways to make genetic counseling as effective as possible. Diabetes is a common disease of adulthood (this assumes that they got it later in life and not as children). It is caused by multiple factors, some genetic. Your risk can be estimated by looking at how many people in your family are affected and their age when they were diagnosed. If you are concerned about your risks, you can complete a family history tool and take it to your physician to get your questions answered about your risks. You can find one at that you can complete, print out and take to your doctor.
Genesee School District in MI (10th grade student)

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