Genetics Genetics

What is Genetics?

Genetics is the study of how genes and how traits are passed down from one generation to the next. Our genes carry information that affects our health, our appearance, and even our personality!

Genetics Stuff:

DNA Detective

DNA Detective

Join scientist George Amato on his quest to stop criminals smuggling illegal goods.

A Nature and Nurture Walk in Mendel Park

A Nature and Nurture Walk in Mendel Park

Solve genetic riddles as you wind your way through the star-studded park.

All About Cloning

All About Cloning

Investigate the how and why of cloning. 

Around the World with DNA

Around the World with DNA

Travel around the world with museum scientists: from Madagascar to Indonesia.

DNA in a Blender

DNA in a Blender

Here's a very cool experiment that just might bring a tear to your eye. Use a blender to separate the DNA from an onion. 

Imagine It's the Year 2020

Imagine It's the Year 2020

Step into the future for a look at what cloning might do for you.

Keeping a Field Journal

Keeping a Field Journal

Start a field journal, and track how your favorite critter looks and behaves.

Make a DNA Model

Make a DNA Model

Find out what makes you different from a snail, a tree, or even your best friend!

Make Your Own Genetics Stationery

Make Your Own Genetics Stationery

Send a note to a friend with these colorful letterheads.

Meet the Genetics OLogists

Meet the Genetics OLogists

Find out where Rob, Emily, Logan, and Seth have followed their born curiosity.

Meet the OLogist: George Amato

Meet the OLogist: George Amato

Tracking a gorilla can get hairy. Literally. Just ask George Amato.

Meet the OLogist: Rob DeSalle

Meet the OLogist: Rob DeSalle

Find out where Rob has followed his born curiosity.

Science Scoop

Science Scoop

What's the human genome project and what does it mean to you? 

The Quest for the Perfect Tomato

The Quest for the Perfect Tomato

Find out how scientists are using genetics to change the food you eat.

Wear a Chimp on Your Wrist

Wear a Chimp on Your Wrist

How can you wear a chimp on your wrist—without getting primate elbow? 

What Do You Know About Genetics?

What Do You Know About Genetics?

How much do you know about what makes you you? 

What Makes You, YOU

What Makes You, YOU

Zoom inside your cells for a fascinating look at chromosomes, DNA, genes, and more!

What's the Big Idea About Genetics?

What's the Big Idea About Genetics?

Take a look at the science of where it ALL begins.

What's This?

What's This?

Put your viewing skills to the test with this mystery photo challenge.