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Genetics and You

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While prescription medicines are designed to help treat various conditions, they do not always work the same for each patient. A single DNA mutation may cause the medication a doctor prescribes not to work for you--or even cause unexpected complications. You can learn more about the relationship between individual genetics and pharmaceuticals, a field called pharmacogenomics, by using one of several online databases. New Science Buddies resources and Project Ideas help get you started.

Science Buddies Project Ideas in Medical Biotechnology
are sponsored by the Amgen Foundation.


Science Connections and Student Successes


Bubble How to Support Your Student's Science Project 
A parent's role in a student's science project is often a backseat role. Do you know what you should and shouldn't be doing to help your student get the most from her science project?


Bioluminescence Organisms that Glow 
Many beaches and waters glow blue or green thanks to marine organisms that create their own light as a result of a biochemical reaction. Find out how students can explore bioluminescence.

Student SuccessVideo Game Science Success
From exploring video games and physiology to testing the relationship between game control schemes and game appeal, this fifth grade student has a history of science fair success with video game projects.

Sunflowers Plant Scientists Solve Sunflower Mystery  
Some of Van Gogh's sunflowers were of a double-headed, mutant variety, and scientists recently tracked down genes that may be responsible.

Student success 'Wild' Project Tracking Wolves
This fifth-grade dog-and-wolf enthusiast walked on the "wild" side using online wolf movement data to learn more about wolf behavior in his wolf-tracking project.




"I love roller coasters and building things. For my project, I explored what affects the speed of a marble on a model roller coaster that I built with plastic and foam pipes.  I learned that energy is never truly lost, but that the marble's potential energy gets converted into kinetic and thermal energy."
Matthew (pictured below with his project display board)
fifth grade, Danville, CA
Your Science: Matthew

Share your science teaching tips! Email us a short summary (one to three sentences) of a favorite class science activity or exercise you did this year. You might just end up featured in the Your Science section of the Science Buddies newsletter! 

Chemistry Contest Winners 

The winners of the Rosalind Franklin Chemistry Contest have been announced! The judges were impressed by the high caliber of the contest submissions. We applaud everyone who entered.


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Bioluminescence photo, August Bach
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