Scientists in the Field
Spiral Notebook
Genetic Science Helping Babies
by Bridget Heos
February 10, 2013
Genetic Science Helping Babies
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One reason I wanted to write Stronger than Steel was because, in fiction, genetic science is often portrayed as mad science that ends in worst case scenarios. That’s fine for fiction (I, for one, love Spider-man), as long as there are plenty of counterpoints in children’s nonfiction that show how genetic science, in reality, HELPS people who are going through worst case scenarios right now.

Here is a great example of that. Babies in the NICU at Children’s Mercy Hospital can now have their genomes mapped to search for genetic diseases. This will speed diagnosis and treatment and potentially save lives.

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About Bridget Heos

Bridget Heos has written many nonfiction books for young people including her first Scientists in the Field book Stronger Than Steel: Spider Silk DNA and the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, and Parachute Rope, with photographs by Andy Comins. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her family. Visit her website at


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