The genome is the instruction book for all life. The genetic code, or DNA, drives development and continues to serve as the starting point for all biological processes through the course of life. Consequently, genetics can dictate many things, including hair color, height, and risk for diseases such as obesity and cancer. Through these articles we aim to introduce the concept of genetics and how they play a role not only in disease, but every day life.

Although women and calico cats appear very different, there are particular biological processes that makes these two very similar. Read more to learn about basic genetics and the overlap between these two species!

The recently discovered genetically engineering tool, CRISPR, is currently making waves in the environmental sciences, and may be a way to fix some of our mistakes in the environmental world. Here’s what it is being used for now.