Genetics FAQ

The following pages can help to provide you with the background information you need to understand your lab reports. If you'd like to see another topic covered, please let us know!

  • We review basic information about genetics in "What is a genome?," "What is a gene?", and "What is a genetic change?"
  • More detailed information to help you understand different types of genetic changes can be found in "What is a 'copy number variant (CNV)'", "What kinds of genetic changes can happen in just one gene?", and "What is the difference bewteen a CNV and a change in just one gene?"
  • We answer some frequently asked questions in "Are all genetic changes bad?" and "Can genetic changes be inherited?"
  1. What is a genome?
  2. What is a gene?
  3. What is a "genetic change"?
  4. What is a "copy number variant (CNV)"?
  5. What kinds of genetic changes can happen in just one gene?
  6. What is the difference between a CNV and a change in just one gene?
  7. Are all genetic changes bad?
  8. Can genetic changes be inherited?