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What are genes?

Genes are the instructions for making human bodies, including the machines inside the body's cells. Different genes determine different things about the body, like hair and eye color, and height and build. People get genes from their parents, one set from their mother and one set from their father. That's why most people look a bit like their mother and a bit like their father.

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