Learn amazing facts about your DNA, the wonder molecule, the blueprint of life, the master of the universe….you get the picture. Happy DNA Day from all of our genome mappers!
1. Do Genes Make us Immortal?
Theoretically, our cells can divided for up to 120 Years
2. Don’t be spacey about your DNA
If you took out your entire DNA and laid end to end, it would stretch from the earth to the moon 6000 times!
3. DNA has a half-life of 521 Years
This means that the oldest organism that could be cloned could not be more than 2 million years old.
4. Fuchsia or Pink?
Some people have a genetic mutation which makes them Tetrachromatic meaning their eyes contain four different kinds of cone cells and can distinguish different colours.
5. AVATAR in real life?
A rare genetic condition called “methemoglobinemia”, causes BLUE-COLOURED SKIN due to abnormal production of methemoglobin in the blood.
6. Here’s another eye-Opener…..
Brown AND Blue eyes?? Heterochromia is a genetic condition that causes two different eye colours…in the same person.
7. A lifetime of information. Literally.
It would take ~50 years to type out the human genome sequence – @ 60 WPM, 8 hours/day.
8. Of Mouse and men: How related are we?
We share 85% DNA with the mouse.
9. An octopus can edit its own DNA!!
An octopus can edit its own DNA!!