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How Are We Genetically Related?

Author: Belinda Lin

Editors: Vincent Chang and Kira Tian

Artists: Gianluca Zhang

People are made up of characteristics carried down from their ancestors—characteristics that are made both genetically and physically. A genotype refers to the genetic component of their DNA while a phenotype refers to the physical component of an individual. Genotypes and phenotypes are correlated, as a change in one’s genotype can influence one’s phenotype.