What is your genome?

Your genome is your complete set of genetic information, including all of your DNA.

 

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Your genome is your complete set of genetic information, including all of your DNA.

Your genetic information is encoded in 6 billion letters of DNA across 46 chromosomes that we inherit from our parents – 23 from each parent. These DNA letters contain all of the information needed to guide how your body grows and develops during your life. Your cells use sections of DNA called genes as templates to make proteins and other molecules they need to function.

 

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Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics, August 2018.  
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