Genetics

The genetics channel at BrightHub.com explores the fascinating world of human genetics. Managing Editor, Leigh Zaykoskiand a team of scientific writers explore the diverse and continuously expanding world of genetic discovery. From articles on basic genetics such as How to Find a Gene, or the Genetics of Red Hair, to topics on the cutting edge of scientific discovery, such as the discovery of the Childhood Cancer Neuroblastoma Gene, you will discover informative in-depth coverage on a site devoted to Science, Technology, Health and Education.
Read about and debate the hot topics affecting our society today such as genetic engineering and the ethics of pet cloning, and whether or not homosexuality is genetic. Explore the growing field of gene therapy and revisit the top 10 moments in genetics history.
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Cloning Quiz: Separating Fact from Fiction

Ever since Dolly the sheep made headlines, cloning has been a hot button issue around the world. There is a lot of misinformation out there about what cloning is, what constitutes a clone and how clones are made. Can you separate the fact from fiction?

What You Should Know About Proteins

Proteins are one of the major building blocks of life, without which there would be no life as we know it. Want to brush up on your knowledge of proteins? These articles will give you an insight into how and where proteins are made, what they do, and how they are used in science and industry.

What is DNA and How does it Work?

Venture deep inside the nucleus to explore the structure and function of DNA. The molecule’s structure is key to its function and replication, and it controls its own replication and transcription in a way that is both simple and highly complicated.

Forensic Justice: Crime Fighting with DNA

Shows about forensic crime-fighting with DNA are a big hit on TV, but they usually skimp on the details. If you’ve ever wondered just how DNA profiling works, and how it’s used in the justice system, this collection of articles is a great place to start.

Friend and Foe: Bacteria and Humans

We have a deep and long-term relationship with bacteria as our bodies, inside and out are swarming with these tiny microscopic cells. Some are friends others are foes. Which are the good guys and which types would do us harm? Find out in this guide to the relationships between bacteria and humans.

Obesity is Not in Your Genes

Those who think obesity is due to their genetic makeup relish any news that ‘fat genes’ have been found as they look to blame something else for their predicament rather than their own habits and behavior. They are wide of the mark. If you are obese it’s because you choose to be that way.

Are You CSI Material? Take Our DNA Fingerprinting Quiz & Find Out!

DNA fingerprinting is the cutting edge of criminal forensics and by cutting edge I mean sometimes it seems like you should be reading it in a science fiction novel instead of a police report. Take a stab at our DNA fingerprinting quiz and see if you have what it takes to be a real life CSI.

All About Human Genetic Disorders

Our genetic code is not without a number of mutations. We are either born with them or acquire them during life. While most are benign others can cause disease and genetic disorders. This guide explores the genetic underpinnings of many medical disorders.

Is Autism Hereditary?

Although the exact causes of childhood autism have not been identified to date, there has been much emphasis on genetics as the most important factor in its causation. Other factors in addition to heredity, are now being linked more closely to this developmental disorder.

An Overview Of Several Common Genetic Research Tools

Just ten years removed from the sequencing of the entire human genome, we have entered a golden era of genetics. Indeed, genetic discoveries are being made at a furious pace in laboratories throughout the world. Read on to learn about common, important genetic research tools and how they are used.