Understanding the genetic material DNA and RNA, heredity, and variation—that's genetics. Studies in genetics focus on questions like:

  • What regulates the activity of genes?
  • How does a single fertilized egg develop into a complete organism with hundreds of different cell types?
  • What can we learn about ourselves by studying organisms​ like bacteria, yeast, and fruit flies?

Follow the links below to learn more about genetics, including recent developments, and read profiles of researchers working in this field.


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Fact Sheets

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Biomedical Beat Blog

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Profiles: Meet a Scientist

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Quizzes and Puzzles

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