The twisting tale of DNA, animated

A fine tale of the basic structure at the root of our genome, and how each little book writes a different set of instructions.

The number of human genes referenced in the video is a little high, though. Current estimates say that we probably only have around 20,000 genes, with only about 1.5% of the 3.2 billion bases in our genome actually coding for proteins!

I can’t stress how important, especially for the younger generation, knowing how genetics works is. From various forms of gene therapy to body modifications to making synthetic life, it is a huge field with applications that I think will have enormous impact on how we live this century.