Genetics ~ Introduction via ASAPScience

Today I’d like to introduce you to the world of genetics. A huge topic all about you, how you’re made, your personality traits, even how you behave and react. The secrets of heredity were discovered in the molecule called DNA in 1953 with Watson and Crick. But what are genes? Is everyone’s DNA the same? What about or 23andMe? My eyes, my widow’s peak, the folding of my hands and the fact that I might be bald is genetic? Seriously?! And what are GMO’s??? for some chem review, jeopardy style!

If you haven’t already done so, please sign up/register for Moodle as most of the Genetics course is located here, under Sommerfeld Science 10.

I had an interesting roommate who told me he had sickle cell anemia. I didn’t know what it was so I decided to look it up. His genetics were mutated at one point, leading to irregularly shaped red blood cells. Take a look:

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