By Cynthia Chmielewski | Posted - Sep 13th, 2021





HealthTree University: Basic Genetics and Cancer Biology (Part 1 of 3)

You don't need to be a PHD in genetics to be prepared for good conversations with your doctor. But it helps to know how genetics work and how cancer develops. Watch the following HealthTree University videos to get up to speed on this important aspect of your disease. You can watch the entire course at

17.01    Basic Genetics Overview: What are Chromosomes, Genes and DNA?


17.02    What is a chromosome? What is its structure? How many chromosomes do we have? Why do chromosomes come in pairs?


17.03    What is the difference between a chromosome and a gene? What is a gene? What do genes do?


17.04    What is DNA? Where is DNA found? What is DNA made of? How is DNA related to genes and chromosomes?


We’d like to thank our faculty who donated their time in creating these videos, including:

  • Fotis Asimakopoulos, MD, PhD
  • Brian Van Ness, PhD

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Cynthia Chmielewski
About the Author

Cynthia Chmielewski - Cynthia Chmielewski is a professional educator and myeloma advocate. As a former teacher, she now teaches myeloma patients how to advocate for themselves as the Director of HealthTree University.


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