Genetics -The basic facts

What is Genetics?

Genetics deals with heredity and variation. It covers a broad range of subjects from the molecular level right up to the species level.

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New discoveries in genetics are changing our understanding of ourselves and the natural world.  These discoveries promise new applications in medicine or agriculture. However, with these new understandings and new technologies, come ethical, social and legal challenges that all of us have to face.

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What is Genetics?

Have you ever wondered why you look like your parents and what chromosomes are? Using animated sequences, this video will help you to answer some of those questions.

Find out what a cell looks like, how characteristics are passed on from generation to generation and how genetic conditions can be inherited.


Transcript for Genetics in Everyday Life video.

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