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The gene determines hair color.
  a single segment of DNA which when combined determine inherited traits such as hair color or height
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gene genetic genes
Strongly Associated with:   chromosome, X chromosome, Y chromosome
Genes are involved in producing polypeptide chains. A gene can include regions preceding and following the coding DNA as well as introns between the exons.
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  • The gene determines hair color.
  • Half the genes come from the father and half from the mother.
  • The weird thing is, though you’d never know it from looking at them: both my parents carry that mutant gene.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • Since the mid-1800s, scientists had studied genes by breeding plants and animals in specific ways—a smooth pea with a wrinkled one...
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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  • A single microscopic bacterium, too small to see with the naked eye, but containing the genes for a heart-attack enzyme,
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Superhumans or Genetic Freaks?
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • Does August see himself as he might have looked without that single gene that caused the catastrophe of his face?
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • If that baby is lucky enough to be born into a family— (Note: "family" does NOT only mean a biological unit composed of people who share genetic markers or legal bonds, headed by a heterosexual-mated pair.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • They must have gotten their genes from their dad.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • Maybe they’re studying our brains and our reactions and our genes and everything else.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials

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  • He has fine hair so blond it’s practically white, and eyes so green, there must have been some genetic manipulation involved.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • I have really good genes in that department.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • Spivak says my unique status as a marvel of genetic aberration makes me an object of intense curiosity," he says in that lofty way of his.
    Rodman Philbrick  --  Freak the Mighty
  • Maybe the Korean genes scrambled everything.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • But buried deep in our genes the memory remains: the awareness of the gazelle, the instinct of the antelope.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • I feel the ancient yearning for fire embedded deep in my genes.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Peculiarness is determined by genes, not geography.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • What’s really insane is how you peculiars hide from the world when you could rule it—succumb to death when you could dominate it—and let the common genetic trash of the human race drive you underground when you could so easily make them your slaves, as they rightly should be!"
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Like something in my genes recognized it as home, even though there was so little there that I saw that reminded me of the world I came from.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • "The radiation might have mutated the genetic material hundreds of years ago, but there wouldn’t be any trace of it now."
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • Isn’t there supposed to be some kind of genetic similarity there?
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • We are all imperfect genetic stews.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • At times they made a little too much of the family quirks—of both Amanda and Jeannie marrying men named Hugh, for instance, so that their husbands were referred to as "Amanda’s Hugh" and "Jeannie’s Hugh"; or their genetic predisposition for lying awake two hours in the middle of every night; or their uncanny ability to keep their dogs alive for eons.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • It is genetic, so old a code or command that it has become part of what sled dogs are; the fiber of their very being.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Woodsong
  • Even down to the genes.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • The letter was written in a fit of Conroy passion, the tiny bellicose Irishman residing in my genes and collective unconscious urging me on and whispering to me that a great injustice was being perpetrated and that it was up to me to expose this condition to the person with the ability and training to do something about it.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I wondered if she was not protected by some genetic or cultural adaptation to alcohol which Slavic people seem to share with the Celts.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Bad genes.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Apparently I’d inherited it from him and, who knew, maybe Grandpa Decker as well, this violent procreative disgust buzzing loudly in my bloodstream; it felt inborn, wired-in, genetic.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Was it genes or magick? she wondered.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • "Quality genes, you know," she joked.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • I suppose the genetic scientists are still hard at work trying to work the kinks out.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • It was all your genes that made us, Mom. said Peter.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • My father, a biochemistry professor working on genetic mapping, had greater resources and opportunities to conduct research here.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • We ruled out blood type, gender, physical size, intelligence factors, genetic markers-nothing seemed to account for the negatives.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • It can be argued that youthful derring-do is in fact evolutionarily adaptive, a behavior encoded in our genes.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • But he is annoyed with their lack of interest, their blithe ignorance of the arbitrary genetic lottery that has granted them their privileged lives.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • "Before the simulation attack, part of the Abnegation aid effort involved testing the factionless for a certain genetic anomaly," she says.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • I own half his genes, and all of his history.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • I cringed a little at the position of power I’d been granted, and all because I had won at the genetic lottery that had determined my sex.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • Something about his genes.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Sean was dressed in a plain white T-shirt that accentuated his strong-from-soccer chest and flat-from-good-genes stomach, dark blue Paper Denim jeans that made his butt look awesome, and ragged black Pumas.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • Space programs, genetic research, medicine-they all make mistakes.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • This would be like women finding out Jesus had had a twin sister who’d gotten half God’s genes but none of the glory.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • He shook his head, wondering if the kid had gotten any of his genes at all.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • Clary wondered if Isabelle’s propensity for unsuitable footwear was genetic.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Dwight, who carried soldier in his genes.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • It is the strongest of dwarf urges, a genetic memory born from millennia spent tunnelling.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • I’m talking about being a genetic dead end, Jacob.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Harriet probably got more of her genes from her mother rather than from Gottfried.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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Associated words [difficulty]:   gene [1] , chromosome [4] , Y chromosome [8] , deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) [2] , ribonucleic acid (RNA) [7] , double helix [9]
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