Epigenetics: Why Inheritance Is Weirder Than We Thought

Can learned traits be passed down to future generations? The video explains epigenetics, which is the change in organisms caused by a modification of genes and not the genetic code. Using the example of lab rats passing on a sensitivity to smell, the complex idea becomes better understood. Then it connects the concept to humans and discusses the limitations of experimenting on ourselves.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Break down the key vocabulary words into their Latin root words to connect similar ideas
  • Discuss the benefits of testing on animals
Classroom Considerations

  • Avoiding the comment section helps pupils remain on topic
Pros

  • Includes closed captioning in Arabic, English, Greek, Portuguese, and Spanish
  • Lists references for those wanting to learn more
Cons

  • None