Why is heredity so important?
Genetics - the study of inheritance. Inheritance - the passing of traits from parents to offspring. How are these traits "passed"? Through DNA - the genetic material. This chapter will focus on genetics, inheritance, and DNA.
Beginning with Mendel's pea plants, genetics has become one of the most important fields of biology. Genetics discusses genetics, from Mendel's pea plants to current ethical issues associated with this field. The completion of The Human Genome Project is one of the landmark scientific events of the last 50 years. Human genetics affects many, if not every, field of medicine. Technologies associated with genetics are involved in developing products to make our lives better, but have raised a number of ethical, legal and social issues.