The home of the Human Genome project brings you beginner and intermediate level information about DNA, genes, and the project itself. Introduces some of those involved in the project and the current work on the human genome.
A content-rich site that covers (in varying detail) the history, techniques, ethics and applications of genetics.
US Dept. of Energy
A huge site from the US Department of Energy including information about the medical applications, and the ethical, legal, and social issues of the Human Genome Project.
The National Human Genome Research Institute (US) has created a site including a ‘talking glossary’ and a multimedia pack - covering history, gene basics, genetic variation and ethics - for download or viewing online.
Following publication of the individual chromosome sequences, this website contains the papers submitted for each plus editorials and commentaries from some of those involved.
General genetics resources
Howard Hughes Institute - virtual biology lab
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has created a series of virtual biology labs. Includes lectures with narrated animations on topics such as gene switches, DNA repair, X-inactivation, and the Gleevec leukaemia drug.
DNA Learning Center
A rich offering of genetics-related resources from the DNA Learning Center; many of them animated. Downloadable resources can be found in the Biology Animation Library. New sites include Greenomes (plant genetics) and Inside Cancer (molecular basis of cancer).
Genewatch is a not-for-profit group that monitors developments in genetic technologies
Genetic Science Learning Center
The Genetic Science Learning Center has produced downloadable flash games and animations covering topics from DNA basics to the genetics of addiction.
The Royal Society
The Royal Society have produced a science brief on the topic of genetics and health. Articles cover pharmacogenomics, DNA patenting and genetic tests. Separate sections cover GM plants, stem cells and cloning.
PBS give an overview of the history behind the structure of DNA.
An archive of features and the latest news make this an excellent reference. Some of the content will need a subscription.
Providing the truth behind programs such as CSI, this article gives a good overview of forensic science.
Will genome sequencing change medicine? This article asks a panel for their views on how our increased genomic knowledge will find applications in health.
Genetic Interest Group
Genetic Alliance UK is a group of patient organisations with an interest in genetic disorders. Their quiz is available in the interactive zone or downloadable as part of their 'Genes and you' education pack.
Find out more about our closest ancestors and how ancestry can be traced using mitochondrial DNA.
The Nuffield Council
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics examines ethical issues raised by new developments in biology and medicine. Recent reports include Pharmacogenetics: the issues, Genetics and human behaviour: the ethical dimension and The forensic use of bioinformation: ethical issues.
The Ensembl genome browser provides access to the genomes of more than twenty-five species. Although this is a resource primarily for researchers, it provides overview data for each chromosome and a search function that draws information from resources worldwide.
National Center for Biotechnology Information
The National Center for Biotechnology Information have produced a resource, primarily for researchers, that provides access to bioinformatic tools and scientific papers (through PubMed). The human genome resources provide access to an amazing catalogue of human genes and human genetic conditions (OMIM) and a relatively intuitive way to find genes on a chromosome ‘mapviewer’.
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