Chapter 8: Human Genetics and Biotechnology


Biotechnology. Gene Therapy. Reality or fiction? During your lifetime, gene therapy may be mainstream medicine. Here we see a representation of the insertion of DNA into the nucleus of a cell. Is this possible? Yes. In this chapter, you will learn how human chromosomes and genes are inherited and how they control the traits that make each of us unique, how they can cause disease, and how those diseases can be treated.

Chapter Outline

8.1 Human Chromosomes and Genes

8.2 Human Inheritance

8.3 Biotechnology

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