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What affects how physical characteristics are transmitted from parent to offspring? This is a question that can be answered at many levels.
Molecular biologists examine the pattern of nucleotides in deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and the effect of mutations on the proteins produced. Classical geneticists explore the patterns by which traits are transmitted through families. Medical geneticists attempt to describe and develop treatments for diseases that have a genetic component. Genetic engineers analyze how traits can be altered in organisms through modern technology. These are only a few of the strategies that scientists employ to explain the nature of heredity.
Explore historical perspectives on the study of genetics and investigate how cutting-edge technology is being used to expand our understanding of heredity.
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