Biology. the science of heredity, dealing with resemblances and differences of related organisms resulting from the interaction of their genes and the environment.
the genetic properties and phenomena of an organism.
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How to use genetics in a sentence
If dialect stems from genetics, these outsiders should still sound like outsiders.Naked mole-rat colonies speak with unique dialects | Jonathan Lambert | January 28, 2021 | Science News
Addressing disparities related to living conditions, locations, and genetics has always been a factor of disease spread and mortality, but it has never been tracked, measured, and analyzed on such a scale.
In 2015, for example, two dozen of the world’s leading sports genetics researchers published a consensus statement in the British Journal of Sports Medicine affirming that “genetic tests have no role of play in talent identification.”
Factors of metabolic rateMetabolic rate and calorie requirements vary from person to person depending on factors such as genetics, gender, age, body composition and amount of exercise you do.Some people can eat anything and not gain a pound. How metabolism affects the calories you burn each day. | Terezie Tolar-Peterson | January 2, 2021 | Washington Post
This seems remarkable on the face of it because there is no viable scientific opposition to evolution and it is widely accepted by biologists and other life scientists as being fundamental to understanding biology—from genetics to medicine.Vaccines Are the Safest Medical Procedure We Have. Make Your Wager Wisely - Facts So Romantic | Stuart Firestein | December 29, 2020 | Nautilus
genetics alone does not an eating disorder make, generally speaking, and Bulik points out that environment still plays a role.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models | Carrie Arnold | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The at-home genetics testing company 23andme, established in 2006, helps people learn more about their “DNA relatives.”
Nature and nurture, genetics and family background all come into play.
“Keep in mind that our body shape is often determined by genetics,” says Dr. Ball.
Recent research has shown perfectionism to be an issue of genetics.Face It—We Rubes Will Never Live Like Gwyneth and Jennifer Aniston | Rachel Bertsche | July 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This behavior, as the study of genetics shows, may be determined in lesser organisms by experiment.The Pivot of Civilization | Margaret Sanger
genetics contain medicines which control the uterine and sexual systems, which may all be reckoned among Neurotics.The Action of Medicines in the System | Frederick William Headland
Scientific stock-breeding supplies valuable practical examples of applied genetics, or the Science of Heredity.Feminism and Sex-Extinction | Arabella Kenealy
Tuly, who knows more of psychology and genetics than I, convinced me of three things.Masters of Space | Edward Elmer Smith
The civilization of illiteracy is one of sampling, a concept originating in genetics.The Civilization of Illiteracy | Mihai Nadin
British Dictionary definitions for genetics
(functioning as singular) the branch of biology concerned with the study of heredity and variation in organisms
the genetic features and constitution of a single organism, species, or group
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Scientific definitions for genetics
The scientific study of the principles of heredity and the variation of inherited traits among related organisms.
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Cultural definitions for genetics
The study of heredity, or how the characteristics of living things are transmitted from one generation to the next. Every living thing contains the genetic material that makes up DNA molecules. This material is passed on when organisms reproduce. The basic unit of heredity is the gene. (See chromosomes; dominant trait; genetic code; Gregor Mendel; recessive trait; and sexual reproduction.)
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