Is Inheritance Really All In Our Genes?

Introduce young scholars to epigenetics, the study of the changes in organisms. Viewers learn about investigators at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada who have shown that a father's diet can influence the health and development of his children. The narrator also shares different examples, from obesity to the health of farmers' children in Sweden, discussing the possibility that not all traits are genetically tied. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners research epigenetics and share their findings with the class
  • Video best fits in unit on genes and inheritance, natural selection, or on epigenetics
Classroom Considerations

  • Video assumes learners have some knowledge about inheritance, natural selection, and genetic traits
Pros

  • Includes high-quality images, diagrams, and videos
  • Links and further readings on epigenetics found in the description
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS