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Genetics and Cancer
Genes and DNA
Chromosomes are suitcases for genes, each chromosome contains many genes. Because each person has two copies of each autosome, they also have two copies of each gene. Genes are made up of DNA, which is a sequence of letters that needs to be in the correct order for genes to do their assigned jobs in our bodies, make proteins.
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|Xavier Llor, MD, PhD|
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|Genetic Basis of Cancer|
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