Genetics: Breaking the Code of Your DNA

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Why do children resemble their parents and siblings? Introducing young readers to the fascinating world of genetics, this educational resource presents the main concepts of the science, including what a chromosome does, how DNA is structured, and how genetic inheritance works. Students learn about new discoveries in the field of genetics and how those discoveries have helped to cure or even prevent certain diseases, as well as examine controversial issues in genetics such as genetically modified foods and stem ...

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Overview

Why do children resemble their parents and siblings? Introducing young readers to the fascinating world of genetics, this educational resource presents the main concepts of the science, including what a chromosome does, how DNA is structured, and how genetic inheritance works. Students learn about new discoveries in the field of genetics and how those discoveries have helped to cure or even prevent certain diseases, as well as examine controversial issues in genetics such as genetically modified foods and stem cell research. Combining inquiry-based, age-appropriate activities with biology, Genetics: Breaking the Code of Your DNA features graphic novel illustrations, fascinating sidebars, and a glossary of important vocabulary to illuminate the complex world of genetics and bring it to life. Projects include building a 3D DNA double helix model, extracting DNA, using a Punnet Square to predict an offspring’s probability of inheritance, and evaluating the benefits and risks of genetically engineering a new species. Additional materials include a list of current reference works, websites, and Internet resources. Genetics meets common core state standards in language arts for reading informational text and literary nonfiction and is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. Guided Reading Levels and Lexile measurements indicate grade level and text complexity.

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Genetics: Breaking the Code of Your DNA
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA RECOMMENDS)
". . . Where was this book when I was studying genetics? The concepts are written in an easy to understand format. Simply by reading the timeline and history of genetics timeline, the reader is able to see the importance of this field of study and the advances that scientists have made. These timelines are at the beginning of the book to provide a context for the remaining chapters. Readers can use the QR codes to extend exploration of the key points. There is an extensive glossary, index, and list of books and resources. The web sites listed are excellent in as far as how the material is presented. The American Museum of Natural History site also has activities about genetics for the reader.

This book begins each chapter with a question and develops the answer by working through experiments for the reader. Small black and white cartoons add to the text that present short commentary on the concept in an easy to understand way . . .The book is written to the reader and I would use this book for a supplement if required to use a textbook. If I was not required to use a textbook, I would use this book for secondary classes. ."

Booklist
"What do dimples, a widow’s peak, and a cleft chin all have in common? Genetics! Beginning with a time line and an introduction to the study of heredity, this entry in the Inquire and Investigate series explains genetics in eight chapters that build upon one another. . . Each chapter concludes with easy-to-follow inquiry-based activities and experiments that emphasize the scientific method and help students understand the topic. Numerous cartoons, facts, and QR codes that link to videos add further interest. . . A solid resource that shows life science and biology students the practicalities and marvels of genetics."

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Praise for Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation by Carla Mooney
Booklist
". . . Like other titles in the Inquire and Investigate series, this book focuses on a high-interest topic in a cutting-edge field to reinforce young people’s understanding of the scientific method . . . an appealing and age-appropriate STEM resource."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781619302082
  • Publisher: Nomad Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2014
  • Series: Inquire and Investigate Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 788,171
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Carla Mooney is the author of several books for young readers including Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation, The Industrial Revolution: Investigate How Science and Technology Changed the World, and Explore Rivers and Ponds! With 25 Projects. Her work has appeared in many magazines including Highlights, Faces, and Learning Through History. Carla lives in Pittsburgh, PA.

Sam Carbaugh is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator. He has worked with many colleges and companies to create informational comics and illustrations. Sam lives in Grand Rapids, MI.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Genetics: The Code of Life
Chapter 1: Gregor Mendel
Chapter 2: Looking Inside the Cell
Chapter 3: DNA: The Genetic Material
Chapter 4: Genes and Chromosomes
Chapter 5: Sex Cells and Meiosis
Chapter 6: Sending Messages
Chapter 7: Gene Mutations
Chapter 8: Genetic Advances and Ethical Questions
Glossary
Resources
Index

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