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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Roughly half of the DNA in our GI tract has no correlation to anything (animal, plant, bacteria, etc). Scientists have labeled it "biological dark matter".

Roughly half of the DNA in our GI tract has no correlation to anything (animal, plant, bacteria, etc). Scientists have labeled it "biological dark matter".Source: ted.com, Image: pixabay
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One in every 4 million lobsters is born blue. They typically don't survive very long though.

One in every 4 million lobsters is born blue. They typically don't survive very long though.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Sickle cell anemia is a genetic mutation that is actually advantageous to people living in malaria infested regions

Sickle cell anemia is a genetic mutation that is actually advantageous to people living in malaria infested regionsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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There is a genetic mutation that makes your bones extremely dense. One man had bones that were more than 8 times as dense as a normal human. Needless to say, he would sink like a stone whenever he tried to swim.

There is a genetic mutation that makes your bones extremely dense. One man had bones that were more than 8 times as dense as a normal human. Needless to say, he would sink like a stone whenever he tried to swim.Source: the-scientist.com, Image: wikipedia
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Blue eyed people share a common ancestor who lived about 10,000 years ago around the Black Sea

Blue eyed people share a common ancestor who lived about 10,000 years ago around the Black SeaSource: msnbc.com, Image: wikipedia

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