Science Minors Clubs: A Genetic Match
Science is in Jessica Smith's genes. Generations of family members have been nurses, and she wants to keep the legacy alive. While in fourth grade, she learned about genetics at the Museum's Saturday Science Club, which is an extension of the Museum's after-school Science Minors Clubs program held in local community organizations and schools. In the final session, Jessica used her newly acquired knowledge of DNA to identify the parents of a fictional lost child who possessed two recessive gene traits.
"I learned that everyone has different DNA," Jessica said. "I was also surprised to learn that there's a lot of sickness in genes—a lot of mutations going on. I got to see actual sickle cells and learn about other stuff we haven't done in school. Here, it's like we're in college or something."
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