What is a gene?

2023-08-10T12:08:28+01:0010 August 2023|

A gene is a string of DNA letters that encode a protein - the building blocks of our cells and bodies. One gene encodes one protein. Simple, right? But scratch the surface into the molecular details and it soon gets complicated. Ongoing research, including work by scientists at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, is unpacking some of this complexity across diverse organisms - and viruses - and helping to reshape what we mean by a “gene”.