genetics

Genetics is the study of the traits people and other animals inherit from their family through DNA.

Compare the size of your nose to your father's and you are dealing with genetics — but only if he's your biological father. Genetics involves studying genes — DNA — to look at how organisms evolve and are related. Scientists use genetics to prove whether genes for things like depression or intelligence exist. One of the most commonly discussed examples of genetics is what determines if a man will lose his hair: oddly, men inherit the baldness gene from their mothers, not their fathers.

Definitions of genetics
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n the branch of biology that studies heredity and variation in organisms

Synonyms:
genetic science
Types:
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cytogenetics
the branch of biology that studies the cellular aspects of heredity (especially the chromosomes)
genomics
the branch of genetics that studies organisms in terms of their genomes (their full DNA sequences)
proteomics
the branch of genetics that studies the full set of proteins encoded by a genome
molecular genetics
the branch of genetics concerned with the structure and activity of genetic material at the molecular level
pharmacogenetics
the branch of genetics that studies the genetically determined variations in responses to drugs in humans or laboratory organisms
functional genomics
the branch of genomics that determines the biological function of the genes and their products
structural genomics
the branch of genomics that determines the three-dimensional structures of proteins
Type of:
biological science, biology
the science that studies living organisms

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