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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.

could you clone extinct animals?
     Larry Thompson, M.S., M.F.A.: Leads the Communications Branch at the Genome Institute. Certainly, the National Human Genome Research Institute is not working on cloning extinct animals; we primarily focus on medical research. Moreover, I am unaware of any research teams actively trying to clone an extinct animal. Some researchers have speculated about the possiblity of doing cloning an extinct animals, but I don't know anyone actually trying to do it.
Kannapolis Middle School in NC (8th grade student)

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