Ever wondered why some racial/ethnic communities have higher rates of disease and how they may respond differently to certain treatments?
Explore the history hidden in our DNA and how genetic ancestry can illustrate some of the complex cultural and social history of America.
Have a genetics topic you or your students would like to know more about? We want to hear about it!
Give your students a first-hand look at personal genetics through our sample genetic reports on Ancestry, Traits, Wellness, and Carrier Status*.
Studies have shown that the anticipation and exploration of personal genetic data significantly increase students’ interest, participation and learning in the classroom. Salari 2013, Daley 2013, Weber 2015
Level: K – 2nd grade
Our DNA connects us all, big and small! You Share Genes with Me offers the very youngest readers a playful introduction to genetics. Through simple rhyme and whimsical illustrations, children and older readers alike will discover what they share in common with a monkey, a fish, a fruit fly, even each other.
Level: 3rd grade – 5th grade
Have you ever wondered what makes you, You? Join Poppy on her journey into the fascinating world of her genetics. Learn how Poppy’s genes created her red hair and blue eyes — and trace these traits through her family tree. Discover, with Poppy, how your genes and the world around you can shape who you are.
* Our tests can be used to determine carrier status in adults from saliva collected using an FDA-cleared collection device (Oragene·DX model OGD-500.001), but cannot determine if you have two copies of the genetic variant. Each test is most relevant for people of certain ethnicities. The tests are not intended to diagnose a disease, or tell you anything about your risk for developing a disease in the future. On their own, carrier status tests are not intended to tell you anything about the health of your fetus, or your newborn child’s risk of developing a particular disease later in life.
The Cystic Fibrosis carrier status test is indicated for the detection of 28 variants in the CFTR gene and is most relevant for people of Ashkenazi Jewish, European, and Hispanic/Latino descent. The Sickle Cell Anemia carrier status test is indicated for the detection of the HbS variant in the HBB gene and is most relevant for people of African descent. The carrier status tests related to hereditary hearing loss consist of two tests – one indicated for the detection of two variants in the GJB2 gene which is most relevant for people of Ashkenazi Jewish and European descent, and one indicated for the detection of six variants in the SLC26A4 gene.