In Genes and Health: Moving Beyond Race, scientists are investigating the biological ancestry of patients to help clarify their susceptibility to chronic diseases like asthma.
This feature can be used to illustrate the process of science. It shows how scientists compare the genomes of patients to reference genomes of different ancestral populations—African, European, Native American, Asian, for example—in order to determine which genes they have inherited that might carry disease risks. (Read more about The Scientific Process.)
This Classroom Discussion Activity can be used to connect your students to the process of science, highlight overarching scientific themes, and enhance comprehension of the story.