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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 would you do if you learned from genetic mapping that you have a 15% higher chance of developing type 1 diabetes? No more chocolate cake? Eliminate all stress?
     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. If I learned from a genetic mapping test that I had a 15% chance to have Type 1 diabetes, I would definitely change my diet and any other lifestyle habits that would contribute to my developing the condition. I would go to see a dietitian who can help me work out a specific diet plan that I can follow, and make sure that I get regular exercise. I would also make sure that I saw my health care provider regularly to get screened for the disease. I would miss the chocolate cake!
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