By Rebecca L. Johnson
Genetics: A Blueprint for Life guides students as they explore how the information in genes determines the characteristics of all living things. Students learn that genes are inherited from an offspring’s parent or parents. They read about the structure of DNA as well as how it replicates. Students also learn about the steps of transcription and translation and the role of these processes in protein production. At the end of each two-page spread, a brief statement called The Bottom Line reinforces students’ understanding by summing up the key ideas about genetics covered in those pages.