Thursday, April 17, 2014

Students React to THE LANGUAGE OF LIFE

The Language of Life: DNA and the Revolution in Personalized Medicine by New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned geneticist Francis S. Collins blends personal stories with eye-opening science to bring readers a comprehensive look into the ever-changing arena of the DNA revolution. Adopted in biology courses all over the country, The Language of Life is making a more lasting impression on students than the traditional textbook. 

One biology teacher was kind enough to share her students' reactions with us. Many of the students found the personal stories relate-able and made a larger connection with the science being presented:

"Dr. Collins makes everything personal and easy to understand which makes you want to keep reading"
"The chapter that had the most significant effect on me was 'Getting Personal with the Big C.' I have lost loved ones to breast cancer and know how hard it is to cope with the loss of them."
"I have a younger sister that is now thirteen years old, as I read those first paragraphs I thought to myself 'what if that was my sister?'"

Others were excited by the hopeful look Dr. Collins presents for the future:
"Every discovery made through research is one step closer to a healthier life for the current and future generations."
"I hope that Dr. Collins continues his groundbreaking research and I thank him for the opportunity that he gave my class in being able to read his amazing book."

Some students were even struck by the implication this science has on society as a whole:
"The most influential and eye opening part of The Language of Life is that biologically there is no such thing as race. All throughout history individuals have been discriminated against due to their race, when in reality all humans belong to one family, DNA."
It is always inspiring to see students connecting with a subject matter. 

Click here for more information on The Language of Life.

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