What are genes?

Genes are essentially the instructions that determine many of our characteristics. Think of them as the code that tells your body how to grow, develop, and function. They’re made up of DNA, which is like a molecular blueprint.

In a computer analogy, genes are similar to lines of code in a program. Each gene carries specific information, just like each line of code in a program serves a particular purpose. These genetic “instructions” are organized into structures called chromosomes, which are like folders containing different sets.

Did you know? In hemophilia, the gene for a clotting factor does not work optimally, causing the body to lack the correct information for its production.

Updated on March 14, 2024

Was this article helpful?

Related Articles

Still need help?