Explore the Human Genome!

As the world watches and waits for a coronavirus vaccine, it’s the perfect time for young people to learn about the human genome and the relationship between our genes and our health.


How do researchers know what genes to target with different gene therapies? What are gene-based vaccines? How has medicine changed as we’ve learned more and more about the human genome?  

People are now living longer and maintaining better health than ever before. Part of the reason is due to the mapping of the human genome. In The Human Genome: Mapping the Blueprint of Human Life, author Carla Mooney takes readers 12 to 15 on a journey through the most complex machine in the world – the human body. She describes what genes are and what they do and takes us step by step through the history of mapping those genes. And what lies in the future of genetics? That’s a question everyone is thinking about!

Hands-on research projects and links to online resources make this an incredibly useful text for independent learning. Get a taste with a sample chapter and the classroom guide – including science activities kids can do at home.

Don’t forget, you can purchase Nomad Press books directly from our website with no delay in shipping. Nomad Press books are perfect for homeschooling and distance learning!


First, read a sample chapter.

In the Introduction, we discuss what genes are, where we find them, and how we know about something so tiny we can’t see them without powerful microscopes. You’ll find great illustrations and photographs and lots of questions to think about. Plus, an activity!

book cover for The Human Genome

Then, print out the Classroom Guide.

Human Genome Classroom Guide

You'll find lots of Essential Questions for deeper level thinking!


Remember, learning happens everywhere!

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