25 Insane Trivia About Genetics And The Human Genome

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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One group of 55 chimps in Africa has two times the genetic variability as all of humanity put together

One group of 55 chimps in Africa has two times the genetic variability as all of humanity put togetherSource: rpi.edu, Image: wikipedia
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Europeans aren't the only people with blond hair. South Pacific islanders also evolved a gene for blond hair.

Europeans aren't the only people with blond hair. South Pacific islanders also evolved a gene for blond hair.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Our bodies may not be "allowed" to live very far beyond 120 years due to genetic caps regarding how many times our cells can divide

Our bodies may not be "allowed" to live very far beyond 120 years due to genetic caps regarding how many times our cells can divideSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Bananas are actually genetic hybrids. Thousands of years ago, humans crossed two strains to come up with today's tasty and sweet fruit.

Bananas are actually genetic hybrids. Thousands of years ago, humans crossed two strains to come up with today's tasty and sweet fruit.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Scientists have recently discovered huge viruses called Pandoraviruses. A vast majority of their genes cannot be traced back to anything so some scientists have suggested creating another domain of life

Scientists have recently discovered huge viruses called Pandoraviruses. A vast majority of their genes cannot be traced back to anything so some scientists have suggested creating another domain of lifeSource: sci-news.com


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