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Of or pertaining to a trait capable of being transmitted genetically from parent to offspring.


For instance, a hereditary disease such as hemophilia can be passed on from parents to offspring.

Word origin: late ME < L hērēditārius relating to inheritance, equiv. to hērēdit(ās), inheritance.

See also: heredity.

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Newbie question about the first life

... to a much lesser extent). Monomers started to come together and assemble polymers. These were 1) nucleic acids, which now both carry and pass on hereditary information, and 2) proteins, which can be either a) structural elements (building blocks for organic tissue) or b) enzymes (biocatalysts). ...

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by piscilactovegetarian
Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:21 am
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Newbie question about the first life
Replies: 14
Views: 19172

Re: Irrefutable Facts Against Evolution

... plants and animals are composed of basically the same building blocks - cells. That those are further composed from proteins and lipinds and our hereditary information is in DNA. And all of this is composed of atoms . Which are actually not not indivisible as old Greeks (but not Christians) thought, ...

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by JackBean
Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:28 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Irrefutable Facts Against Evolution
Replies: 52
Views: 77935

The Selfish Gene

... are. Dawkins argues that it is the genes who are 'competing' to survive, does he not? But what exactly is a gene? My understanding was it was the hereditary unit of information in an organism (in each cell?), and genes tell an organism how to form, what traits and characters it should have. But ...

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by NathanCroftonBond
Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:07 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: The Selfish Gene
Replies: 2
Views: 3237


DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is the hereditary material in humans and almost all other organisms. Nearly every cell in a person's body has the same DNA.

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by babage
Thu Sep 26, 2013 11:36 am
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: DNA
Replies: 1
Views: 1044

Hereditary Diseases - How to get rid of them?

Hello everyone! I haven't studied Biology since secondary school but I am thinking of getting into it again. Hereditary diseases and genetic disorders which can be passed down by parents is something I am very interested in. Parents who suffer/ have suffered from things like ...

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by DondiLion
Thu Aug 15, 2013 1:33 am
Forum: Genetics
Topic: Hereditary Diseases - How to get rid of them?
Replies: 2
Views: 4686
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