Genome, human
All of the genetic information, the entire genetic complement, all of the DNA in a person. Humanity’s DNA has been called "the treasury of human inheritance." The human genome is made up of all of the DNA in our chromosomes as well as that in our mitochondria. (Each of us has, in fact, two genomes — a large chromosomal genome and a much smaller mitochondrial genome.) Our genome also includes every gene we own plus all of our junk DNA The human genome is thus both "the treasury of human inheritance" and a vast dump (or recycling center).

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