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DNA Demystified: Unravelling the Double Helix

Alan McHughen


DNA, once the exclusive domain of scientists in research labs, is now the darling of popular and social media. With personal genetic testing kits in homes and genetically modified organism (GMO) foods in stores, DNA is an increasingly familiar term. Unfortunately, what people know, or think they know, about DNA and genetics is often confused or incorrect. Contrary to popular belief, for instance, genes don’t “skip a generation” and, no, human DNA is not “different” from DNA of other species. With such popular misconceptions proliferating in the news and on the internet, how can anyone sort fac ... More

Keywords: DNA, double helix, Human Genome Project, genetic forensics, genes, heredity, evolution, genome editing, genetic genealogy, bioethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190092962
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190092962.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan McHughen, author
Public sector educator, scientist and consumer advocate