Genetics themed gift box includes these mini microbe key chains: DNA, Nucleus, Mitochondria, RNA and Chromosome. Educational information on back.
Clip them onto your backpack, keys or anywhere! Includes key chain clips.
|Sizes||Giantmicrobes are based on actual microbes, cells, organisms and other critters, only 1,000,000 times actual size!
Gigantic (GG) 40-60cm
XL (XL) 25-38cm
Original (PD) 12-20cm
Keychain (KC) 5-10cm with clip
|Materials||Plush from all new materials. Stuffed with polyester fiber fill. Surface washable: sponge with water & soap, air dry.|
|Packaging||Each plush microbe includes a printed card with fun, educational and fascinating facts about the actual microbe or cell.|
|Safety||Every product meets or exceeds U.S. and European standards for safety. For ages 3 and up.|
All about Genetics
Deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, is the amazing molecular double helix that contains the genetic codes for all known life. First identified in 1869 and accurately described in 1953, its very existence provides a new understanding about how life works.
99% of the DNA in every individual is identical – and indeed, much of our DNA is shared with every living creature on Earth.
The nucleus is the most prominent organelle inside the cells of animals, plants, fungi and eukaryotic microbes. Cell growth, metabolism and reproduction are all controlled by the nucleus. Enclosed by a double membrane, the nucleus contains the nucleolus and the cell’s genetic material. The nucleus is where RNA production and DNA replication occur.
Mitochondria generate energy for cells and also contain DNA and RNA. Mitochondrial DNA, or mtDNA, make up a tiny portion of your body’s total DNA, but it is distinct from DNA in the nucleus. Nuclear DNA comes from both parents, but mtDNA is passed to you only from your mother. This genetic material comes from her egg cell and can establish maternal family ties.
RNA and its molecular cousin DNA are nucleic acids that carry the genetic code. RNA, or ribonucleic acid, acts as an intermediate messenger for genes, the unit of inheritance carried in DNA. DNA’s code is transcribed into RNA and then translated into proteins. RNA is typically a single strand, whereas DNA is always a double strand. RNA has recently played a starring role in vaccine technology helping to end the Covid-19 pandemic and save millions of lives.
Chromosomes are threadlike structures inside of cells that store genetic information. They are composed of the material chromatin, which consists of DNA, RNA and proteins. Most human cells have two pairs of 23 chromosomes, one from your mother and your father, for a total of 46 chromosomes.
The DNA within chromosomes contains the genetic code that describes the physical characteristics of every known life form.