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All living things inherit their physical and biological characteristics from their parents through heredity. The study of heredity is a branch of science called genetics. Within living cells, tiny biochemical structure called DNA carries genetic information. DNA consists of segments, called genes, that carry instructions for the construction and functioning of every aspect of an organism. During cell divisions, random events called mutations can change the sequence of genes and lead to new characteristics and traits. This in turn drives evolution of life, leading to organisms that are better adapted to their environment.
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Genetics : What are Genes?
Grade: 6 - 12
Learn about the basics of cells, chromosomes, and the genes contained in our DNA.

Genetics : What are SNPs?
Grade: 6 - 12
Learn about the variations in our DNA called SNPs, and how they can help us understand relationships between people.

Genetics : Where Do Your Genes Come From?
Grade: 6 - 12
Find out how chromosomes and genes are passed down from parent to child.

Genetics : What is Phenotype?
Grade: 6 - 12
Discover how our observable traits, also called phenotypes, are the result of interactions between our genes and environment.

Genetics and The Structure of DNA - part 1
Grade: 6 - 12
DNA and genetics for kids - Learn about genetics and the structure of DNA.

Genetics and The Structure of DNA - part 2
Grade: 6 - 12

Genetics - Introduction
Grade: 6 - 12
A lesson on genetics, it defines the central principle of biology and explains how DNA works to translate proteins. It compares mitosis and meiosis, and also explains how Mendelian genetics differs from the current understanding of genetics.

Grade: 6 - 12
The lesson reviews the major concepts in genetics - DNA and RNA, mitosis and meiosis, haploid and diploid cells, Mendelian and chromosomal genetics.

What is DNA?
Grade: 6 - 12
The presentation describes the molecular structure of DNA.

Mendelian Genetics and Inheritance
Grade: 6 - 12
The lesson explains simple Mendelian genetics. It begins with a brief introduction of Gregor Mendel and his laws of segregation and independent assortment. Also presented are a number of simple genetics problems along with their answers.

Mendelian Genetics
Grade: 6 - 12
A presentation about Gregor Mendel and his immense contribution to the study of genetics.

Learn about Heredity
Grade: 6 - 12
Learn about heredity. Heredity is the transmission of traits and characteristics from parent to offsprings through genes.

Human Genome
Grade: 6 - 12
The presentation explains how genome works and how it affects our lives.

Are We Finally Ready To Clone A Mammoth?
Grade: 6 - 12
Since 'Jurassic Park', everyone's waiting for a cloned dino. Well, how about a woolly mammoth? It's not that easy; learn about the recent discoveries that are helping this process.

DNA Replication
Grade: 8 - 12
Learn about the DNA replication process, the enzymes that are involved, and how the amazing process that makes life possible works!

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