The science in Gifts


Book: GiftsAuthor: Ursula L. Le GuinPublisher: Harcourt Children's BooksDate: 2004

Scattered among poor desolate farms, the families of the uplands possess gifts. Gifts of all kinds. The uplanders live in constant fear that one family might unleash its gift against another. Two young people, friends since childhood, decide not to use their gifts. One, a girl, refuses to bring animals to their death in the hunt. The other, a boy, wears a blindfold lest his eyes and anger kill.

The science in gifts is about how kids inherit gifts from parents, and lineage.


Genetic inheritance is when qualities of your genes are passed on from parent to offspring.

You can inherit things such as;

Certain things on your body


Health issues

This link below describes what inherited and acquired traits are.

Hemophilia is a genetically inherited disease. It is a bleeding disorder that slows the blood clotting process. Which means, that if you bleed, it doesn't really stop.

This link gives you a description and some information of the genetic disease Hemophlia and all the genes that are affected.