Is DNA the equivalent of a gene?

No. DNA is a type of genetic material found in our cells and is made up of four types of DNA bases, represented by the letters A, T, C and G. The sequence, or order, of these bases determines an individual’s genetic code and carries genetic information. A “gene” is a segment of the DNA chain that carries specific genetic instructions for the body.

DNA bases are like letters in the alphabet while genes are like complete sentences or paragraphs that are made up of letters that convey a specific message through their sequence.