Learn More in these related Britannica articles:. These are also known as allosomes. Thousands of diseases are known to be caused by changes in the DNA sequence of single genes. Hence, the new daughter cells will receive a full complete copy chromosome, containing the genetic information of their parent cell.
Differences in the sequence of DNA among individuals are called genetic variation.
Featured Content. Each chromosome contains many genes, the basic physical and functional units of heredity. Alterations in behavior or the environment, such as diet, exercise, exposure to toxic agents, or medications can all have influences on traits that are at least in part genetically determined.
In humans out of the 23 pairs of chromosomes, one pair is sex chromosomes, and other 22 pairs are the autosomes. Differences in the sequence of DNA among individuals are called genetic variation. In this context, we studied chromosomes, which are found in the nucleus and contain the hereditary material.
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Sign up here to see what happened On This Dayevery day in your inbox! Chromosomal abnormalities may be either numerical or structural. The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica Encyclopaedia Britannica's editors oversee subject areas in which they have extensive knowledge, whether from years of experience gained by working on that content or via study for an advanced degree Guttmacher, M.
Many, if not most, diseases have their roots in genes.
Genetic Alliance Monographs and Guides. Recent Activity. All genes work in the context of environment and behavior, both at the cellular and global perspectives.