Genetics: Breaking the Code of Your DNA

April 2014

Introducing young readers to the fascinating world of genetics, this educational resource presents the main concepts of the science, including what a chromosome does, how DNA is structured, and how genetic inheritance works. Students learn how new discoveries in the field of genetics can prevent disease and examine controversial issues such as genetically modified foods and stem cell research. Combining inquiry-based, age-appropriate activities with biology, Genetics: Breaking the Code of Your DNA features graphic novel illustrations, fascinating sidebars, and a glossary of important vocabulary to illuminate the complex world of genetics and bring it to life.
 
Projects include building a 3D DNA double helix model, extracting DNA, using a Punnet Square to predict an offspring’s probability of inheritance, and evaluating the benefits and risks of genetically engineering a new species.
 

About the Author

Carla Mooney is the author of several books for young readers including The Industrial Revolution: Investigate How Science and Technology Changed the World and Explore Rivers and Ponds! Her work has also appeared in many magazines including Highlights, Faces, and Learning through History. She lives with her husband and three children in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
 

About the Illustrator

Sam Carbaugh is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator. He has worked with many colleges and companies to create informational comics and illustrations. He enjoys working for Nomad Press and likes to think of all the cool things kids are learning with the books he has helped illustrate.