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Discuss the role of Genetics in modern society

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AS and A Level Genetics, Evolution & Biodiversity

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Discuss the role of Genetics in modern society

Genes by definition are information we inherit from our parents, they contain chromosomal information which codes for every physical and mental attribute a human, animal or plant has. Modern society has come to realise by finding the gene that causes the illness they can remove it. They then can insert the correct gene to replace it. Genes are arranged like beads on a piece of string, they occur in a fixed order.

Modern day society has also realised that by learning about genes and increasing their understanding many useful tasks can be carried out.

For example, solving crimes; if a suspect has been identified, a sample of that's persons DNA can be checked against DNA (a long thread- like molecule found in every living cell) which may have been found at the crime scene. This process is done use of a genetic code. Although every human may have the same basic components in a double helix of DNA, base, sugar, and phosphate: The type of sugar may vary, further more the order of complimentary base pairs may occur in a different order. Thus, meaning an almost infinite number

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