18 Things You Should Know About Genetics [Video]
Posted in Just Cool, Science, Video by Courtney on November 30th, 2012

At DNA 11, we know all too well just how unique we all are. Your Fingerprint, DNA, and Kiss portraits are all individual representations of who you are – but how much do you really know about what makes you, well, you? DNA determines everything about us. From what hair colour you have, to how long you will live, to whether or not you’ll have dimples! Check out this great video showcasing “18 Things You Should Know About Genetics” by David Murawsky. Let us know what you think in the comments!


One Response to “18 Things You Should Know About Genetics [Video]”

  1. I appreciate the effort to make genetics understandable. But the statement that 98% of the DNA in our genomes is junk, is outdated and simply wrong. Since the human genome project was completed in 2001 we have discovered that the parts of the genome that do not provide instructions for making proteins are incredibly important – i.e. not junk! There are the DNA codes that make RNAs, which control how the protein genes are read and made into proteins. There are also many control regions of DNA that regulate how the molecular machinery that is involved with reading genes interacts with the DNA. I would encourage people to read about the ENCODE project, the aim of which was to find out the function of all parts of our genome. It was the ambitious, international follow up to the Human Genome Project and the results were published in September 2012. There have been some great summaries of the findings, for example Ed Yong’s blog at Discover magazine http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2012/09/05/encode-the-rough-guide-to-the-human-genome/

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