Sonic the Hedgehog is a fictional mammal that runs really fast and collects golden rings. Sonic hedgehog is the gene that's responsible for giving you two arms, two eyes, and two halves of a brain. Wondering why their names are so similar? Because scientists like to have fun, too.
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Sonic The Hedgehog Is Why You Have Thumbs!
Well, sonic hedgehog, guys. Get it right.
What Is A Gene?
Let's get back to basics for a second.
Key Facts In This Video
Genes code for proteins that can interact with each other and perform certain functions in the body. 00:55
One of the reasons that scientists think all life on Earth is related is that the basic DNA code is the same for all organisms. 02:22
Genetic modification has allowed scientists to create new kinds of food and bacteria. 03:18
Genes vs. DNA vs. Chromosomes
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