Genetic information is forming an ever increasing part of our lives. As research builds and genomic sequencing procedures become cheaper, having a good understanding of genetics will become more and more important to us all. Whilst the details of such research can be extremely complicated, the important concepts are often quite easy to understand. At TAGC we are working to make complex genetic information as accessible as possible to all people.
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Learn all the essential information about DNA. DNA or deoxyribonucleic acid is a long molecule that contains our unique genetic code. Like a recipe book it holds the instructions…read more
A genome is an organism’s complete set of genetic instructions. Each genome contains all of the information needed to build that organism and allow it to grow and develop. Our bodies are made up of millions of cells (100,000,000,000,000), each with their own complete set of instructions for making us, like a recipe book for the body. This set of instructions is known as our genome and is made up of DNA?. Each cell in the body, for example, a skin cell or a liver cell, contains this same set of instructions: read more…
Chromosomes and Inheritance: Learn about classical genetics: evolution, inheritance, chromosomes, mutations and sex. Are Telomeres The Key To Aging And Cancer? How Do Scientists Read Chromosomes? Introduction to Molecular Genealogy, and more…
How and why does DNA replicate itself? We start by seeing the DNA double helix being unzipped to form a replication fork. We then follow DNA polymerase as it copies the DNA in the 5’ to 3’ direction using the existing DNA as a template. The…read more
A guide from genes to proteins, and all the steps in between. DNA is made of four simple building blocks, yet it contains all of the information necessary to build an organism. … Get to know DNA…; the central dogma of molecular biology…and more