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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.

What types to of jobs are there in the DNA research?
     Alan Guttmacher, M.D.: Developing new research tools to translate the findings of the Human Genome Project (HGP) into new diagnostic tests and therapies. There are many, many types of jobs involving DNA research. They include everything from working in a lab to figure out how DNA functions, to bioinformatics, to clinical medical research that figures out how variations in DNA affect health, to research about the ethical questions that knowledge of our DNA brings up. In fact, one of the neat things about DNA is how many types of issues it brings up, since it is involved so importantly in who we are as a species and as individuals.
Kittanning Senior High School in PA (9th grade student)

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