EXTRA CREDIT: Why Pedigrees & Family Trees Matter…

You know I do not provide many opportunities in the way of extra credit, but I thought this would be a good one. If you ever questioned the value of studying and learning about pedigrees, genetics, inheritance, etc. This webquest will help you to learn that family medical histories can inform you about your risk of developing a chronic disease. You will also discover that lifestyle modifications can help to reduce your risk. Below is a worksheet taken from Teach.Genetics at the University of Utah that will lead you on a WebQuest dealing with Using Family History to Improve Your Health. Complete this worksheet for extra credit.

If you would like to take this one step further and look at your own family health history, there is a link to materials for your own family health history search (includes both English & Spanish forms).