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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Why does my brother look different from me??

Dear Circ,

I want to know why my brother's hair is straight, but mine is curly. I want to know why my eyes are hazel, but his eyes are blue. I want to know what makes me, me, and him, him, you know what I mean? My mom says that starts with science. She also told me you have science stuff for kids like me. Do you have science stuff for me? Stuff that will help me understand why he looks different from me?

Barbara, age 5


Dear Barbara,

We do have science stuff for you! Those are some very big questions, but we know where you can begin. We have a genetics kit. You can even build a model of DNA, the stuff that makes you what you are. It's a great place to start answering those questions of yours.

Circ

Dear Readers,
Are you wondering about the image above? No, this person is not "Dear Circ" and is not employed by the Roselle Public Library. Nor is she a patron of ours. This little girl grew up to be a famous scientist, as well as a famous author, winning a U.S. National Medal of Science, the first MacArthur Foundation Grant, and the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1983 "for her discovery of mobile genetic elements." Place your mouse cursor on the photo for the name of the scientist. Left click the image for an enlargement. For more information about this woman and her discovery of "jumping genes," go here, here, here, and here. For items to check out, try our catalog.

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