Head into the lab for an in-depth investigation of genetics, the branch
of biology focused on heredity and variation in organisms, and DNA, the
acid that holds the blueprints for life. See genetic material with your
own eyes as you isolate the DNA from a tomato in a test tube.
Investigate inheritance and learn how traits are passed down from
parents to children. Learn about dominant and recessive genes and play
inheritance games to determine how traits will be expressed.
Learn about the biology of reproduction, the components of cells, and
how chromosomes are combined and copied. Assemble a model to see the
elegant double-stranded helical structure of DNA. Then crack the genetic
code and find out how the different parts, called nucleotides, fit
together to compose it. Read about how scientists use DNA sequencing to
reveal the order of nucleotides in DNA.
Analyze DNA evidence to identify suspects and solve a crime. Learn
about the influential scientists, including Mendel, Watson, and Crick,
who made breakthrough contributions to this field.
Breed your own bacteria colony to experiment with genetic
engineering. Read about how mutation affects genes and how scientists
clone plants and animals. The full-color, 48-page manual guides your
experiments. Ages 10 and up.
Contains 20 Experiments