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What is the relationship between chromosomes and DNA?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
One of the most miraculous processes in nature has to be how we grow from a single fertilized egg cell to the 10 trillion cells that make up a new person. Human cells have 23 pairs of chromosomes containing DNA. The chromosomes serve as the structure that holds the DNA. The DNA acts as a complete set of instructions that tells our bodies how to develop. Storing more data than any computer, each chromosome contains all the information needed to give you a base for your physical (and emotional) characteristics.
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