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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.

When a mistake like Tay Sachs disease occurs, is it possible to change the one base pair that is wrong?
     Dale Lea, R.N., M.P.H., C.G.C., F.A.A.N.: Developing genetics, health education and community involvement programs and resources, and translating genetic and genomic information for the public. Tay-Sachs disease is a genetic disorder that is inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern. This means that a person who has Tay-Sachs disease inherited a gene mutation from each parent. It is not possible, at this time, to change or correct a gene mutation that causes the disease.
North Brunswick Township High School in NJ (9th grade student)

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