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Friday, August 5, 2011

Nine-year-old query: Do I have genes?

At first when I heard it I thought she was saying "jeans" so I said "yes." But she saw that I was not getting her, so she explained what she meant. "I mean, the ones inside our body," she clarified. "Oh," I said, "Of course, everyone has genes--rich or poor, girl or boy, ugly or beautiful, we all have genes." Then she continued, "My teacher said genes come from our two parents." "Oh, yes. That is why your hair is black, your skin light, and your eyes are shaped like that because of genes." "Oh," was all I got from her.

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