What are Dominant and Recessive Genes?

We receive our physical characteristics from our parents. My green eyes and (now graying, but blond in childhood) hair, my petite frame, my stature — all of these come from my parents. Dominant genes include brown eyes, normal vision, dark hair and dimples. Recessive genes include my green eyes, blond hair, nearsightedness, and no dimples. You can find more information here: