Genetics (And Some Evolution) Ro Hillenbrand

The way I see it, there's not much of a pattern to genetics. There's the probabilities, then it's all being combined and chosen to form who we are. It's mainly probability, as well as the combinations and well-being of the parents.

From there, I didn't know where I was going with this.

-Choose a new topic? No.

-Give up and take a failing grade? No way!

-Find something connected with it? No, there's noth- Wait.

I, without knowing it at first, started looking into evolution, and I found what I wanted in there, and it still involves genetics, which definitely worked.

The theory of evolution is what most people would believe is a fact, and I'm one of the people that would like to get more than an eighth graders knowledge of evolution.

The theory of evolution by natural selection was created by Darwin in 1859 with the book, On the Origin of Species.

Darwin's Book

Within evolution, you can easily see the Fibonacci Sequence.

It went from nothing, to a single cell organism, starting to form life, then things started growing from that. Plants, and animals started forming, furthering the sequence. The sequence starts growing a little faster once we form, once we spring to life. That further advances us, continuing the sequence, and it will continue until something tragic happens.

Something like the black plague slowed us down, but once it died out, we started up again. The technology we have today makes it easier for us to see what we have done, and how much farther we can advance, tying into the arithmetic or geometric sequence.

We can see when we may possibly die out, or how much our population will grow in the next couple years. Currently, it's estimated we will hit eight billion people in 2024, and nine billion in 2037. We hit the current seven billion just in 2011.

Charles Darwin and an Evolutionary Chart

We share about 98.8% of our DNA with chimps. We're so different from them, yet we share so much similar DNA. We advanced a little faster, and we formed a different brain structure, and a little bit of a different genetic structure.

Within the genetics portion, with science I studied three disorders, one of them being down syndrome, the most common chromosomal condition.

1 in every 700 babies are born with down syndrome in the US, which makes it the most common chromosomal condition. 6,000 babies in the US are born with Down Syndrome each year.

Thank you for listening to my presentation, and have a great day.


Definitions are taken from Google, and you can look at them if you are slightly confused.

Chromosome- a threadlike structure of nucleic acids and protein found in the nucleus of most living cells, carrying genetic information in the form of genes.

DNA- deoxyribonucleic acid, a self-replicating material present in nearly all living organisms as the main constituent of chromosomes. It is the carrier of genetic information.


Darwin's Theory-

Down Syndrome-

The video I'm recommending are for the basics, the video is a two parter that gave me the interest in genetics, because it was tied with video games, and proving from the genetics a video game character's parents. It was what got me interested, and if reading doesn't interest you and you want a better explanation, here's the first part.

Game Theory's Genetics-

Once again, thank you for listening.


Created with images by Caroline Davis2010 - "DNA" • ColiN00B - "dna dns biology" • mknowles - "Lego DNA" • IsaacMao - "Brain"

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