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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.

Does DNA make people mean?
     Jean McEwen, J.D., Ph.D.: Working on issues related to the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetic and genomic research. We do not know of any genes that make people mean, and it is very unlikely that we ever will, because being mean is a moral shortcoming -- not a biological one. We are learning more and more about genes that influence other aspects of human behavior, but all behaviors are very complex and are influenced by both genetic and environmental factors.
Abbeville High School in SC (5th grade student)

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