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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Only about 10% of cancers are due to genetics. The other 90% are typically caused by environmental factors

Only about 10% of cancers are due to genetics. The other 90% are typically caused by environmental factorsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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A condition known as methemoglobinemia caused by inbreeding resulted in the Fugates, a blue skinned family from Kentucky

A condition known as methemoglobinemia caused by inbreeding resulted in the Fugates, a blue skinned family from KentuckySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Although we mentioned earlier that the "lifespan cap" is around 120 years, the longest living human was Jeanne Calment of France. She died at 122 years old.

Although we mentioned earlier that the "lifespan cap" is around 120 years, the longest living human was Jeanne Calment of France. He died at 122 years old.Source: wikipedia
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We still don't know the function of more than 80% of our DNA

We still don't know the function of more than 80% of our DNASource: mountsinai.on.ca, Image: pixabay
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Your genes will determine whether you find the chemical phenylthiocarbamide to be tasteless or bitter. This is the chemical that gives brocolli and cabbage its taste

Your genes will determine whether you find the chemical phenylthiocarbamide to be tasteless or bitter. This is the chemical that gives brocolli and cabbage its tasteSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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