25 Insane Trivia About Genetics And The Human Genome

Posted by , Updated on May 12, 2016

Genetics is one of the fastest growing fields of science out there. It wasn’t until the 19th century that genetics even began. The field was started by Gregor Mendel. Mendel was a scientist and a friar who studied trait inheritance, that is the way that traits are passed down from their parents to their offspring. His observations led him to conclude that organisms inherit traits by way of “discrete units of inheritance”. In this way he basically came up with the idea of genes. These days the field has advanced almost unbelievably. Geneticists now study the function of genes across a wide array of disciplines. In fact, thanks to genetic engineering, millions of lives around the world have been saved. By creating higher yield crops by way of selective breeding, farmers in developing countries have actually managed to feed populations that would otherwise have starved. With all of these incredible advances as well as the mapping of the human genome, we now know more about the blueprint for human beings than ever before. Genes define the way your cells act and your cells define the way you act. Get ready because these are 25 insane trivia about genetics and the human genome!

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Elizabeth Taylor's dark eyes were due to a genetic mutation that gave her double lashes

Elizabeth Taylor's dark eyes were due to a genetic mutation that gave her double lashesSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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When two sets of identical twins procreate with each other, their children are all siblings (genetically speaking)

When two sets of identical twins procreate with each other, their children are all siblings (genetically speaking)Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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In Vitro Fertilization allows you to choose the sex of your child

In Vitro Fertilization allows you to choose the sex of your childSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Researchers at Liverpool found that the plagues of the Middle Ages made roughly 10% of Europeans genetically resistant to HIV.

Researchers at Liverpool found that the plaques of the Middle Ages made roughly 10% of Europeans genetically resistant to HIV.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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When scientists kept fruit flies in total darkness for 57 years, their descendants showed genetic adaptations that were useful for survival in such conditions

When scientists kept fruit flies in total darkness for 57 years, their descendants showed genetic adaptations that were useful for survival in such conditionsSource: plosone.org, Image: wikipedia

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