Genes, DNA and Reproduction
The Human Genome
The human genome is the full complement of all the genetic material in the cells of our bodies. Latest research from the Human Genome Project indicates that humans have about 25,000 genes.
Zoom in on your genome to see exactly where this genetic material is found.
Your genes are largely responsible for making you the individual you are, so much so that you can be identified by them – DNA profiling or genetic fingerprinting – or have medication tailored solely for you – pharmacogenetics.
Also the gene is central to the drive to reproduce – it is your genes that are passed on to the next generation – not you.
Ethical questions arise about who exactly should have access to this information and when and where we should interfere with the way it is reproduced.
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