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2012 National DNA Day Online Chatroom Transcript

This is just one question from an archive of the National DNA Day Moderated Chat held in April 2012. 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 color is dna
     Ilana Beth Solomon: I am currently a 2nd year genetic counseling student at the NHGRI. I am doing my thesis research on a Hereditary Colon Cancer, called Lynch Syndrome. Interesting question! When we isolate DNA from cells its actually a cloudy clear/white color. When we sequence DNA to read it, we actually label all of the bases with different colors so we can read it more easily.
McDowell Intermediate High School in PA (10th grade student)

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