About Us : What is Genetics

Genetics versus Genomics

Genetics is the study of the variations between humans and how those variations are passed on through a family. Our DNA is the basis of our genetics.

DNA is the genetic code that acts as our body’s cookbook of recipes to tell it how to grow and develop. Our genetic code is very much the same, even among people who are not related. We share 99.9% of our DNA with each other!

Only 0.1% of our DNA is different from each other. However, it is this very small amount of difference that makes us unique. This means that we all share most of the information written in our cookbooks, but there are some variations in the recipes. Every cell of the human body (we have trillions of cells) contains our complete DNA genetic code. While DNA is very small, it contains a huge amount of information!