This infographic - Your Genome and You - from the National Human Genome Research Institute’s Partnership for Community Outreach and Engagement in Genomics offers the general public an introduction into the basics of genetics and genomics.
Your Genome and You gives information on how the science of genetics and genomics impacts what a person looks like (physical traits) and their health (risk for disease). The images and text highlight the progress being made in this rapidly growing field and its impact on the lives of us all.
The infographic is divided into three sections:
Section two shares how the genome provides “the instructions for you to grow throughout your lifetime.” These instructions come from each of your parents and influence traits like height, eye color, and disease risk that make you a unique person.
The third section emphasizes that your lifestyle and environment contribute to “keeping your genome healthy.” Images of a cigarette, an apple, a smoke-spewing factory, and the sun illustrate factors in your life and surroundings that influence the health of your genome. A final text bar reminds you that knowledge about the human genome is constantly increasing and directs you to the National Human Genome Research Institute’s (NHGRI) website (www.genome.gov) for further information.
This infographic is unique in that the concept and content were developed by community liaisons and health advocates in partnership with NHGRI. It is our hope that this introduction to genomics will encourage people in all communities to learn more!
About the Creators:
The infographic was designed by the National Human Genome Research Institute’s Partnership for Community Outreach and Engagement in Genomics, which brings together community liaisons, health advocates, and health practitioners representing diverse populations. The Partnership, which began in 2014, engages communities around genomic science, informs and shares perspectives about genomic research, and impacts the focus of research. Members represent American Indian and Alaska Native health advocates and researchers, the African American and Latino communities, the cancer support community, health advocates, and biology and health instructors.