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Genetics for Everyone

 

 

 

Why should everyone know a little about genetics?

 

Most of your physical traits, such as eye color, hair color, and height, are inherited. So, too, are risks for health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. In fact, all diseases or medical conditions have a genetic component (except trauma).

By knowing a little about genetics, you will understand how variations in your DNA may affect your health. You may also learn what health problems you may be at increased risk for in the future and how to reduce your risks.
 

 

Learn about the top six things everyone should know about genetics

 

 

Other Resources

 

Basic Genetics Resources

Medical Genetics

Genetic Testing

Family Health History

Careers in Human Genetics

 


 

 

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