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Basic Genetic Resources



Help Me Understand Genetics (NIH) – According to the website, this guide provides an introduction to fundamental topics related to human genetics, inlcuding illustrations and basic explanations of genetic concepts.It includes information on Cells and DNA, inheriting genetic conditions, and The Human Genome Project, among other topics.


The National Human Genome Research Institute (NIH/NHGRI) - The NHGRI website features a wealth of basic genetics education materials including a Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms, which is a searchable glossary of common terms used in genetic research with pronunciation information and animations. NHGRI also drafted a series of “Fact Sheets about Science” that explain complex genetic concepts and research techniques to a non-scientist audience.


Learn.Genetics (Univeristy of Utah) - A popular resource with a colorful and engaging layout. It provides many links that viewers can explore for topics ranging from basic genetics to pigeon breeding.


hhmi BioInteractive - This site offers a range of award-winning multimedia resources. The genetics page offers virtual labs, activities, short films, and more. It's perfect for anyone looking for a more engaging way to learn or teach genetics.


National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) - NSGC serves as the leading voice, authority and advocate for the genetic counseling profession. The NSGC website features information on topics such as genetic testing and family history. It also has a genetic counselor database that was developed to assist consumers in locating genetics services in their area.


National Library of Medicine (NLM): Genetics Home Reference - An online guide to understanding genetic conditions that provides consumer-friendly information about the effects of genetic variations on human health.


The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute: - This Web site provides balanced information, news and discussion in the genomics field. The information is divided into a 'general' section (for a non-scientist audience) and a 'detailed' section (for audience with some science background, ages 16+).
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Genomics - The Human Genome Project Web site features helpful FAQ’s on genetics topics and issues including pharmacogenomics, gene testing, gene therapy, and genetic counseling. “Primer on Genomics’ Impact on Science and Society” is a resource that includes a basic “Genetics 101” primer and a series of fact sheets on topics such as genomic medicine, pharmacogenetics, and the impact of genetics on society.


The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB):
"Genetic Research: Mining for Medical Treasures” - This issue of FASEB’s Breakthroughs in Bioscience series includes illustrated essays that explain recent breakthroughs in genetics research and how they are important to society. - A collaborative effort of the Department of Human Genetics at Emory University and the Department of Genetics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham that answers questions from the general public about genetic concepts, and the etiology, treatment, research, and testing to genetic disorders.

Genomics: Towards a Healthier You
NHGRI – DNA Day 2006 Webcast & Podcast
Genomics: Towards a Healthier You features Barbara Biesecker, M.S., a genetic counselor at NHGRI. The webcast presents information on why genetics is important to health, and it also provides information on genetic counseling as a career.



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