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Understanding Genetics: What are SNPs?

In a recent article, entitled “What Does it Mean to Have “The Gene” for Something? Not What You Think…”, I explained basic genetic variation. In summary, I talked about the fact that no one actually has “the gene for” some...

The Many Meanings of “Mutant”

When you hear the word “mutant,” what comes to mind? Something negative, off, or scary, right? Something that has gone awry from a biological standpoint, that is different from the rest of us or what is considered “normal.” And since a mutation...

What is Epigenetics?

If you ever want to get involved in something that is intricate, mysterious, and which you will never fully understand in your entire lifetime — even if you study it EVERY DAY — study genetics. The fact that a tiny, double-helical strip of molecules strung...

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