What’s on your genes?

Tiny genetic switches create big differences

By Sharon Pochron, 16:40 PM September 21, 2011

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We’ve all heard it before: “It’s in your genes.”

If you’re lucky, a parent or neighbor is trying to explain one of your good quirks, not one of your goofy ones. “Your father could hit the ball out of the park, too,” someone might say.  Or you have the same unruly curls as your mom.  Thankfully, that someone hasn’t heard you and your dad snore.

But what if it’s not in your genes. What if it’s on your genes?

In 1866, Gregor Mendel showed that pea plants inherit physical and other traits f...

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