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4. Add materials or “organelles” to the bag. 5. Seal the bag and place your cell in the refrigerator. It will take several hours for the gelatin to firm up. 6. Use the diagram on pages 16-17 to identify the parts of your cell model. 44 For Further Information Books Snedden, Robert. Animals: Multicelled Life. Mankato, Minnesota: Heinemann Library, 2008. Stille, Darlene P. Animal Cells: Smallest Units of Life. Mankato, Minnesota: Compass Point Books, 2006. Walker, Richard. Kingfisher Knowledge Genes and DNA.

Animal DNA testing also helps vets treat diseases in cats, dogs, horses, and other animals. 39 Chapter 5 In the Future Have you ever used modeling clay? If so, you know that you can create just about anything with it. Most living things start out with cells that are like a kind of modeling clay. They can be shaped into whatever the being needs. Stem cells were first discovered in the 1960s by Canadian scientists. 40 All the cells in the human body have a specialized function. There are brain cells, blood cells, and many others.

Scientists know what those genes are. Now they have to figure out what all of them do. 37 Expensive Genes If you go to a pet store, a Chihuahua may cost $500. At a pet shelter, a mutt can cost less than $50. Why are the costs so different? Purebreds Purebred animals are animals that have the same breed of parents, grandparents, and so on. So the Chihuahua in the pet store, if it is purebred, has Chihuahua parents, Chihuahua grandparents, and Chihuahua great-grandparents. The dog is pure Chihuahua.

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