Genetics and Pregnancy - FamilyEducation

The Role of Genes and Inheritance

Genes are located on rodlike structures called chromosomes that are found in the nucleus of every cell in the body. Each gene occupies a specific position on a chromosome. Because genes provide instructions for making proteins, and proteins determine the structure and function of each cell in the body, it follows that genes are responsible for all the characteristics you inherit. read more

What Color Will My Baby's Eyes Be? A Genetic Explanation

Are you crossing your fingers hoping for a brown-eyed baby? Or, are you wondering how on earth you ended up with blue-eyes with two parents with brown eyes? Don't worry, you weren't switched at birth and your little one could have brown eyes no matter what color her parents' eyes are. The genetics behind eye color is an extremely complex and intricate game of chance. read more

What Color Will My Baby's Eyes Be? A Genetic Explanation (Video)

Genes come in pairs, and each gene in a pair may differ slightly. One gene may be dominant, and override the other gene, which is recessive. A recessive gene only has an effect if both genes in a pair are recessive. An example is eye color. Although this is not as simple as depicted here, blue is the recessive gene, and brown is the dominant gene. Find out what color your baby's eyes will be. read more