Scientific issues and innovations are figuring into everyday conversation more than ever before. Recognizing that we could all use some brushing up, Seed offers its Cribsheet.
The field of genetics deals with the way living things store and use information required for their development and behavior. This Cribsheet covers the basics of molecular genetics: DNA replication, the genetic code, and gene expression. In addition, we tell you how genome sequencing has progressed over the last decade and what researchers hope to accomplish with synthetic biology.
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Illustrator: Cybu Richli — www.cybu.ch; Writer: Lee Billings; Consultant: Alex Palazzo, Harvard Medical School; Graph data: Assorted sources. For more information on specific genomes, visit www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/genomes/static/gpstat.html; Diagram data: F Crick (1970) “Central Dogma of Molecular Biology.” Nature 227:561-563.
Originally published November 19, 2007