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Identical twins have the exact same genes, but their fingerprints are unique.

If you uncoiled the DNA from one human cell it would measure 6 feet in length.

Humans and chimps share 98.8 percent of their DNA.

A Nature and Nurture Walk in Mendel Park

Illustrations Steve Gray

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

A Sheep Named Dolly

Photos: Dr. Ian Wilmut and Dolly; Dolly and her birth mother, courtesy of the Roslin Institute; Illustrations: Clay Meyer

Learn how and how and why Dolly was cloned, an who exactly she's a clone of.

All About Cloning

Photos: Dr. Ian Wilmut and Dolly; Dolly and her birth mother, courtesy of the Roslin Institute; Illustrations: Clay Meyer

Investigate the how and why of cloning. This Web page helps kids understand cloning and explains some of the ethical issues involved.

Around the World with DNA

Photos: George Barrowclough: courtesy of R.J. Gutierrez; Humpback whales, Howard Rosenbaum: courtesy of Peter J. Ersts, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, AMNH; Owl: John and Karen Hollingsworth, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Yael Wyner: courtesy of Yael Wyner; Joel Cracraft: courtesy of Joel Cracraft; Sumatran Tiger: courtesy of Jessie Cohen, Smithsonian's National Zoo; Lemur: courtesy of Duke University Primate Center; Daniela Calcagnotto: Courtesy of Daniela Calcagnotto; Pacu: courtesy of Leonard Lovshin, Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, Auburn University; St. Vincent parrots, Mike Russello: courtesy of Mike Russello; Illustrations: Louis Pappas, Steve Thurston, Eric Hamilton

Travel around the world with museum scientists: from Madagascar to the Western U.S. to the island of Sumatra in Indonesia.

Crack the DNA Code

Photos: George Amato, Lab machines: courtesy of Denis Finnin, AMNH; Caimans: courtesy of Santos Breyer, Crocodilian Photo Gallery; Elephant: courtesy of Jason Lelchuk, AMNH; American Crocodile: courtesy of Julio Caballeros Sigme, Florida Museum of Natural History; Tibetan Antelope: courtesy of George B. Schaller; Products: courtesy of Meg Carlough

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

DNA Detective

Photos: George Amato, Lab machines: courtesy of Denis Finnin, AMNH; Caimans: courtesy of Santos Breyer, Crocodilian Photo Gallery; Elephant: courtesy of Jason Lelchuk, AMNH; American Crocodile: courtesy of Julio Caballeros Sigme, Florida Museum of Natural History; Tibetan Antelope: courtesy of George B. Schaller; Products: courtesy of Meg Carlough

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

DNA in a Blender

All photos: AMNH

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. 

Make a DNA Model

Illustrations: Daryl Collins

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

Gene Poll

Photos: Salmon, Florida Panther: courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Ruffed lemur: courtesy of Duke University Primate Center; Congo Gorilla: courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services 1636; Spotted owl: courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service / photo by J&K Hollingsworth; Sumatran tiger: courtesy of Jessie Cohen, Smithsonian's National Zoo; Grevy's zebra: courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services K10684; Asian Elephant: courtesy of Jason Lelchuk, AMNH; DNA, tongue curling, earlobe, thumb: courtesy of Denis Finnin, AMNH; Dolly: courtesy of the Roslin Institute; Corn, bananas, dog, bird, eye, flowers, buildings, glacier, human, tomato, cupcake, none: AMNH; Guinea pig: courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services PK326; Mars: courtesy of David Crisp and the WFPC2 Science Team (Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology)/NSSDC and NASA; Dusky Seaside Sparrow: courtesy of P.W. Sykes, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Antelope: courtesy of George B. Schaller; Crocodile: courtesy of Santos Breyer, the Crocodilian Photo Gallery; Sea turtle: courtesy of David Vogel, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Illustrations: Cell, Chromosome, DNA: Stephen Blue; Gene: Kelvin Chan; Mononykus dinosaur: Mick Ellison, AMNH; Woolly Mammoth: courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services 2431, painting by Charles. R. Knight; Dodo Bird: courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services 6261, Jean Pretre, from Henri-Marie Ducrotay de Blainville, Nouvelles annales du Museum d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris; Sabre tooth tiger: courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services 1017; painting by Charles R. Knight

Make your opinion count!

Genetics Books

Explore the gene scene with these seven books.

What's the Big Idea About Earth?

Photos: Dr. Ian Wilmut and Dolly; Dolly and her birth mother, courtesy of the Roslin Institute; Illustrations: Clay Meyer

Find out exactly what cloning involves. Do not try this at home!

Humpback Whale Journal

Photos: George Barrowclough: courtesy of R.J. Gutierrez; Humpback whales, Howard Rosenbaum: courtesy of Peter J. Ersts, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, AMNH; Owl: John and Karen Hollingsworth, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Yael Wyner: courtesy of Yael Wyner; Joel Cracraft: courtesy of Joel Cracraft; Sumatran Tiger: courtesy of Jessie Cohen, Smithsonian's National Zoo; Lemur: courtesy of Duke University Primate Center; Daniela Calcagnotto: Courtesy of Daniela Calcagnotto; Pacu: courtesy of Leonard Lovshin, Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, Auburn University; St. Vincent parrots, Mike Russello: courtesy of Mike Russello; Illustrations: Louis Pappas, Steve Thurston, Eric Hamilton

Join scientist Howard Rosenbaum on a journey to Madagascar where you'll meet a species of whales with fingerprint-like tails.

Imagine It's the Year 2020

Photos: Rob De Salle: courtesy of Denis Finnin, AMNH; Illustrations: Daniel Guidera

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

Keeping a Field Journal

Illustrations: Animals: Steve Thurston; Journal Page: Carl Mehling

Want to figure out the wildlife in your area and the impact of genetics? Start a field journal, and track how your favorite critter looks and behaves.

Make Your Own Genetics Stationery

Illustrations: Eric Hamilton

Send a note to a friend with these colorful letterheads.

Meet the OLogist: Rob DeSalle

Photos: Physics Notebook, Questions, Molecular Lab, Dog: AMNH; Narwhal: courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services, 26177, Photo by A.S. Rudland and Sons, copied by Thos. Lunt, Feb. 19, 1910 from "The Living Animals of the World," Hutchinson and Co., London; Fruit fly: courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services 101321; The Genomic Revolution AMNH exhibit pictures: Preparation, DNA Learning Lab, Nature/Nurture wall, Yeast: courtesy of Denis Finnin, AMNH; Chimpanzee: courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services K12658 Salmon: courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Find out where Rob has followed his born curiosity.

Meet the Genetics OLogists

Photos: Rob DeSalle: Physics Notebook, Questions, Molecular Lab, Dog: AMNH; Narwhal: courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services, 26177, Photo by A.S. Rudland and Sons, copied by Thos. Lunt, Feb. 19, 1910 from "The Living Animals of the World," Hutchinson and Co., London; Fruit fly: courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services 101321; The Genomic Revolution AMNH exhibit pictures: Preparation, DNA Learning Lab, Nature/Nurture wall, Yeast: courtesy of Denis Finnin, AMNH; Chimpanzee: courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services K12658 Salmon: courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Kids: All people pictures and drawings: courtesy of subjects; Woolly Mammoth: courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services 2431, painting by Charles. R. Knight Cat: courtesy of subject Farm: AMNH

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

Pacu Journal

Photos: George Barrowclough: courtesy of R.J. Gutierrez; Humpback whales, Howard Rosenbaum: courtesy of Peter J. Ersts, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, AMNH; Owl: John and Karen Hollingsworth, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Yael Wyner: courtesy of Yael Wyner; Joel Cracraft: courtesy of Joel Cracraft; Sumatran Tiger: courtesy of Jessie Cohen, Smithsonian's National Zoo; Lemur: courtesy of Duke University Primate Center; Daniela Calcagnotto: Courtesy of Daniela Calcagnotto; Pacu: courtesy of Leonard Lovshin, Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, Auburn University; St. Vincent parrots, Mike Russello: courtesy of Mike Russello; Illustrations: Louis Pappas, Steve Thurston, Eric Hamilton

Join scientist Daniela Calcagnotto in South America and meet this vegetarian relative of the meat-eating piranha.

Ruffed Lemur Journal

Photos: George Barrowclough: courtesy of R.J. Gutierrez; Humpback whales, Howard Rosenbaum: courtesy of Peter J. Ersts, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, AMNH; Owl: John and Karen Hollingsworth, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Yael Wyner: courtesy of Yael Wyner; Joel Cracraft: courtesy of Joel Cracraft; Sumatran Tiger: courtesy of Jessie Cohen, Smithsonian's National Zoo; Lemur: courtesy of Duke University Primate Center; Daniela Calcagnotto: Courtesy of Daniela Calcagnotto; Pacu: courtesy of Leonard Lovshin, Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, Auburn University; St. Vincent parrots, Mike Russello: courtesy of Mike Russello; Illustrations: Louis Pappas, Steve Thurston, Eric Hamilton

Join scientist Yael Wyner in Madagascar where these primates are threatened by deforestation

Science Scoop

Illustrations: Wayne Vincent

What's the human genome project and what does it mean to you? Toby, Annie, and Claudia uncovered the answers.

Spotted Owl Journal

Photos: George Barrowclough: courtesy of R.J. Gutierrez; Humpback whales, Howard Rosenbaum: courtesy of Peter J. Ersts, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, AMNH; Owl: John and Karen Hollingsworth, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Yael Wyner: courtesy of Yael Wyner; Joel Cracraft: courtesy of Joel Cracraft; Sumatran Tiger: courtesy of Jessie Cohen, Smithsonian's National Zoo; Lemur: courtesy of Duke University Primate Center; Daniela Calcagnotto: Courtesy of Daniela Calcagnotto; Pacu: courtesy of Leonard Lovshin, Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, Auburn University; St. Vincent parrots, Mike Russello: courtesy of Mike Russello; Illustrations: Louis Pappas, Steve Thurston, Eric Hamilton

Join scientist George Barrowclough in California for a look at birds who are at risk because their forest homes are being cut down.

St. Vincent Parrot Journal

Photos: George Barrowclough: courtesy of R.J. Gutierrez; Humpback whales, Howard Rosenbaum: courtesy of Peter J. Ersts, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, AMNH; Owl: John and Karen Hollingsworth, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Yael Wyner: courtesy of Yael Wyner; Joel Cracraft: courtesy of Joel Cracraft; Sumatran Tiger: courtesy of Jessie Cohen, Smithsonian's National Zoo; Lemur: courtesy of Duke University Primate Center; Daniela Calcagnotto: Courtesy of Daniela Calcagnotto; Pacu: courtesy of Leonard Lovshin, Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, Auburn University; St. Vincent parrots, Mike Russello: courtesy of Mike Russello; Illustrations: Louis Pappas, Steve Thurston, Eric Hamilton

Join scientist Mike Russello in the West Indies to meet the rare, colorful birds that are further at risk because of smuggling.

Sumatran Tiger Journal

Photos: George Barrowclough: courtesy of R.J. Gutierrez; Humpback whales, Howard Rosenbaum: courtesy of Peter J. Ersts, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, AMNH; Owl: John and Karen Hollingsworth, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Yael Wyner: courtesy of Yael Wyner; Joel Cracraft: courtesy of Joel Cracraft; Sumatran Tiger: courtesy of Jessie Cohen, Smithsonian's National Zoo; Lemur: courtesy of Duke University Primate Center; Daniela Calcagnotto: Courtesy of Daniela Calcagnotto; Pacu: courtesy of Leonard Lovshin, Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, Auburn University; St. Vincent parrots, Mike Russello: courtesy of Mike Russello; Illustrations: Louis Pappas, Steve Thurston, Eric Hamilton

Join scientist Joel Cracraft in Indonesia for a look at this genetically unique tiger.

The Quest for the Perfect Tomato

Illustrations: Daryl Collins

The next time you eat a tomato, ask yourself: What would it taste like if there were a bit of flounder in it? Learn how scientists are using genetics to change the food you eat.

Wear a Chimp on Your Wrist

Photos: Monarch Butterfly, courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services K14898; Grizzly Bear: courtesy of NPS; Sunflower: courtesy of Bruce Fritz, ARS; Chimpanzee: courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services K12658; African Elephant: courtesy of Miriam Westervelt, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Apple tree: courtesy of Doug Wilson, USDA; Red flour beetle: courtesy of Cereal Research Centre, AAFC; Brown trout: courtesy of Duane River, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Supplies: AMNH; What to Do: (All photos): AMNH; DNA Model, Lady beetle: courtesy of Scott Bauer, ARS Fish, Daisy: AMNH; What You Need illustrations: Stephen Blue

How can you wear a chimp on your wrist—without getting primate elbow? The answer to this riddle is not as tough as it may seem. 

What Do You Know About Genetics?

Photos: DNA, AMNH; The Genomic Revolution Exhibit: courtesy of Denis Finnin, AMNH; Gene: AMNH; Dolly: courtesy of the Roslin Institute; Chimpanzee: courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services K12658

How much do you know about what makes you you? Test your genetics knowledge with this interactive quiz.

What Makes You, YOU

Photos: People: courtesy of Denis Finnin, AMNH; Illustrations: Louis Pappas, Steve Thurston, Eric Hamilton; People: Jim Steck Genetics illustrations: Stephen Blue

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

What's the Big Idea About Genetics?

Photos: DNA, ladybug, brown eye, blue eye, PCR, Gregor Mendel, peas: AMNH; Starfish: courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services K4508; Perch fish: courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services PK241; Illustrations: Louis Pappas, Steve Thurston, Eric Hamilton; DNA, nature/nurture: Kelvin Chan Boy at computer: Jim Steck; Fruit fly: courtesy of Flybase

Did you know that DNA carries all the information a cell needs to make you uniquely you? Take a look at the science of where it ALL begins.

What's This?

Photos: Frozen Tissue Collection: All specimens from the Frozen Tissue Collection, frilled leaf-tailed gecko: AMNH / Denis Finnin cryovat, test tubes: AMNH / Craig Chesek humpback whale: John J. Mosesso / NBII coyote: AMNH; Gold: gold sheet mouflon, miniature sacrificial figurine, Spanish coins: AMNH / Craig Chesek Inca necklace: AMNH / Denis Finnin Eureka Bar: AMNH / Roderick Mickens astronaut in space: NASA computer chip: stock.xchng; Leeches: jaw: Eye of Science / Photo Researchers, Inc. bite mark: Geoff Tompkinson / Photo Researchers, Inc. leech feeding on snail: Edward Hendrycks, reproduce courtesy of the Canadian Museum of Nature leeches before and after blood meal, leeches on foot, American Medicinal Leech, Malagobdella vagans, Mark Siddall in swamp: courtesy of Mark Siddall; Dioramas: AMNH / Roderick Mickens; Mythic Creatures: All photos courtesy of American Museum of Natural History; Vietnam: pygmi loris, Tonkin snub-nosed monkey: Tilo Nadler / Frankfurt Zoological Society Oriental pit viper: Robert W. Murphy / Royal Ontario Museum scientists with camera trap: Kevin Frey / AMNH Center for Biodiversity and Conservation saola: European Commission, Social Forestry and Nature Conservation

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

Why Clone?

Photos: Dr. Ian Wilmut and Dolly; Dolly and her birth mother, courtesy of the Roslin Institute; Illustrations: Clay Meyer

Investigate some of the ethical issues involved in cloning.

Meet the OLogist: George Amato

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

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