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The genes found in the genetic code (genome) are sometimes called the “building blocks for life” but knowing how they impact human health can be more complicated than it sounds. This article aims to show how difficult it can be to understand how our genes can affect our health, and why it is not always easy to work out a patient’s result from genetic tests. We follow the story of Ben, whose muscles have been getting weaker for a few years. To find out why, Ben has had his genetic code sequenced, and we will walk you through a process by which his results can be analyzed. Through this activity, we will show you that analyzing patients’ genome tests is a bit like interpreting abstract art, in which different people might see and value different things.

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Frontiers for Young Minds


Frontiers Media SA

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