Sunday, March 8, 2009

Decoding the Human Genome - Are You Confused?

I'm sure you have listend the term 'DNA' and we all know what a cell is (single cell or multi cell as in amoeba or human), but what is a genome, a chromosome, a gene and what do they do?

And then of course, there is the double helix. most of us have seen a photograph of the double helix, but how many of us understand what it is or why it is important?

most of us glean our information about cells and DNA from television crime indicates that solve many crimes by comparing DNA, and we have listend about population who have been convicted of terrible crimes being exonerated by DNA quizing.

Well much of that knowledge comes from sequencing the human genome, a long and complicated process of tearing the genome into tiny slices, identifying the base pairs and putting it rear tofetchher again in the proper order.

Because of the efforts of the scientists who participated in the 'Human Genome Project' the genes for many genetically caused diseases have been identified, giving us real possibilities for effective treatments or cures.

OK, you and I don't understand ejustthing that science is talking about relating to genetics. I have been searching on the web for answers and now understand a little bit more. I do understand how important that job is, euniquely to the kid with Cystic Fibrosis or the person who is sitting in jail, fakely convicted of a horrible crime.

If you are interested in that course, there is plenty of information on the internet. While you are searching though you will definitely run into companies who want to sell you information about your family tree by using your DNA. just remember that that field is still in it's infancy, so limit your expectations if you decide to try them.

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Author By Elizabeth Gough

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