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Chapter 4 - Inheriting Traits




Unit B - Organization of Living Things

Chapter 4 - Inheriting Traits

Discover more about genetics as you read interviews with geneticists, make a dna model, and journey deep within your cells to look at a chromosomes, dna, genes, and more.



Imagine It's the Year 2020

Would you clone your dog if you could? Do you have the right to know that you're eating cloned chicken? Step into the future for a look at the questions you may one day have to answer.



Meet the Genetics OLogists

If you're interested in genetics, then meet your match in these OLogists. Find out where Emily, Logan, Seth, and Rob have followed their born curiosity.



What Do You Know About Genetics?

How much do you know about what makes you you? Test your genetics knowledge with this interactive quiz. Then, take a nurturing look at the answers when you're done.



What's the Big Idea About Genetics?

Did you know that you have more than 30,000 genes? Or 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.


Hands-on Activity

Wear a Chimp on Your Wrist

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. Need a hint? Take a closer look at genetic code.



The Quest for the Perfect Tomato

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.


Hands-on Activity

Make a DNA Model

Do you know what makes you different from a snail, a tree, or even your best friend? Find out with this hands-on look at genetic code—and build a model that's a million-plus-times larger than life.



What Makes You, YOU

Nature + Nurture = You! While it may look like a simple equation, the combination of your genes and your environment is actually very complicated. Find out if your answers match your family's.



All About Cloning

After singing a song about a cloned sheep to the tune of "Mary Had a Little Lamb," kids investigate the how and why of cloning. This Web page helps kids understand cloning and explains some of the ethical issues involved.


Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Seeing Double: An Exhibit on Cloning

Cloning was once considered scientifically impossible. And then came Dolly, the sheep that made headlines around the world. Tour the science of cloning with this 11th-grader from New Jersey.


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