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What Are Genes?



These aren't the blue pants in your drawer. These genes hang out all lined up on thread-like things called chromosomes. Genes are made up of segments of DNA and they determine physical traits, including the color of your eyes and whether your hair is straight or curly. You inherited your genes from your parents, which is why someone might say you have your mother's smile.

Inside the cell is the chromosome, which unravels and shows the DNA. DNA is 2 strands connected with nucleotides. A gene is segment of DNA.

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