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Genomics and Its Impact on Science and Society: The Human Genome Project
and Beyond (2008)
-- covers basic science, the Human Genome Project, what we know so far,
ELSI, medicine, benefits and more. This primer is also available in Acrobat
the Human Genome Project Poster (2003) -- Educational wall poster
downloadable in PDF.
Genome Landmarks: Selected Genes, Traits, and Disorders Poster --
view the 24 human chromosomes and selected genes mapped to each.
- 1992 DOE Primer
on Molecular Genetics -- covers basic genome science including
a glossary of genetic terms.
- To Know Ourselves
(1996) -- provides an overview of the underlying science of the Human
Genes, Your Choices -- describes the Human Genome Project, the
science behind it, and the ethical, legal, and social issues raised by
- A Vital
Legacy (1997) -- report on 50 years of progress in the
revolutionary program that gave rise to the Human Genome Project. In Acrobat
- Other HGP Publications
Other U.S. Department of Energy
DOE-Supported Curriculum Modules from
BSCS for high school teachers and students
and the Human Genome Project (2003)-- This stand-alone
instructional module addresses how and why computers are essential
for analyzing the data produced by the Human Genome Project.
Lessons use both print and Web-based activities to help students
learn how computers are used to assemble DNA sequences, locate
genes, and obtain clues about gene functions. In this context,
the ethical, social, and legal implications of genetic databases
and informed consent are considered. Available free in PDF
from this link.
- Genes, Environment,
and Human Behavior (2000) -- This curriculum supplement
explores how scientists investigate the genetics of human
behavior. Students are introduced to the complex interactions
of genetic, developmental, and environmental factors and their
influence on human behavior. An important goal is to develop
student appreciation of the potential impact of emerging knowledge
on public policy. Available free in PDF from this link
or for the cost of shipping and handling from BSCS. [719/531-5550,
Fax: 719/531-9104, email@example.com].
- Mapping and
Sequencing the Human Genome: Science, Ethics, and Public Policy
(1997) -- This curriculum supplement describes the history,
organization, and funding of the HGP and is designed for approximately
one week of classroom instruction. Teacher background materials
include sections about the science and technology used in
the HGP as well as the project's ethical and public policy
dimensions. The supplement includes classroom activities that
give students experience working with a database of DNA sequences,
analyzing the genetic contribution to human traits, assessing
who should have access to genetic data, and using knowledge
about our genetics to establish public policy. Available free
in PDF from this link.
[719/531-5550, Fax: 719/531-9104, firstname.lastname@example.org].
- The Puzzle
of Inheritance: Genetics and the Methods of Science (1997)
-- The five activities in this module focus on nontraditional
concepts of inheritance to demonstrate the nature and methods
of science. The module provides teachers with extensive background
information, associated ethical considerations, and a wide
range of genetic topics. Available free in PDF from this link.
[719/531-5550, Fax: 719/531-9104, email@example.com].
- The Human
Genome Project: Biology, Computers, and Privacy (1996)
-- In the seven activities that constitute this module, students
learn the structures, uses, limitations, and implications
of genomic databases; both print materials and software are
included. Teachers are provided with background information
on the construction and use of genetic databases and the possible
misuse of generalized and personal data in areas such as healthcare,
employment, and insurance. The module and its accompanying
database are available for free from this link
or for the cost of shipping and handling from BSCS [719/531-5550,
Fax: 719/531-9104, firstname.lastname@example.org].
- NIH Educational Resources for
High School, Middle School, Elementary School
- Biotechnology Institute
-- This nonprofit organization is dedicated to increasing the
public’s awareness and understanding of biotechnology. To
accomplish this, the Institute provides educational and research
programs for teachers, students, and other general audiences.
Genome: The Secret of How Life Works for a teacher's
resource guide about genomics and see the Teacher Resources
for information on workshops, biotechnology career profiles, a
biotechnology timeline, and access to Your
World: Biotechnology & You, a magazine of biotechnology
fundamentals and applications, written for 7th-12th graders. Out-of-print
issues of Your World can be downloaded for free. For
a subscription or to order a classroom set, go to the order form.
- PBS Resources
- PBS TeacherSource - Science
& Technology -- View and download lesson
plans and activities associated with a variety of scientific
issues covered by PBS programs.
Extra: Science -- Biology -- Educational biology
materials from NewsHour Extra's Teacher
Resources. Access NewsHour transcripts, stories for teens,
and lesson plans.
- Our Genes/Our Choices
(2003) -- This three-part television series from the Fred
Friendly Seminars (Columbia University School of Journalism),
examines the impact of genetics advances on the right to privacy,
reproductive choices, and personal responsibility. This series
was originally broadcast in January 2003. From this site you
can download transcripts, watch video highlights, and order
- Cracking the Code of Life
(2001) -- This Web site covering the race to sequence the
genome is a companion to the two-hour NOVA program by the
same name which was rebroadcast in August 2002. From this
site, you can view the entire program online, explore and
learn about DNA with animated modules, and download a teacher's
guide and classroom activities from the classroom resources.
- Harvest of
Fear: Exploring the Fight Over Genetically Modified Food
(2001) -- This Web site accompanies the report by the same
name that aired on PBS in 2001. In "Harvest of Fear," FRONTLINE
and NOVA explore the intensifying debate over genetically modified
(gm) food crops. Interviewing scientists, farmers, biotech
and food industry representatives, government regulators,
and critics of biotechnology, this two-hour report presents
both sides of the debate, exploring the risks and benefits,
the hopes and fears, of this new technology.
- Lost Tribes of Israel
(2000) -- This Web site accompanies the PBS documentary by
the same name that was originally broadcast in February 2000.
The program follows anthropologist Tudor Parfitt's journey
to find both the lost city of the Lemba and the truth behind
their claim to an ancient Jewish heritage. Access exercises
to analyze Y-chromosome data to construct a family tree, a
printable classroom activity, and information for ordering
a copy of the documentary.
- Genetic Science Learning Center:
Teacher Resources -- Browse and access student activities
with the Print-and-Go Index, learn about upcoming events
and workshops for teachers, and download The 5-Primer Times, a newsletter from the Genetic Science
-- This Web site provides peer-reviewed articles and links about
six bioscience challenges: biodiversity, environment, genomics,
biotechnology, evolution, and new frontiers. Access
lesson plans for middle school, high school, and undergraduate
students from the lesson
directory. Teachers are also welcome to submit their own lessons.
- Understanding the Human Genome Project:
Online Education Kit -- This online multimedia
tool kit was created by the National Human Genome Research Institute
(NHGRI) to help high school students and
the interested public learn about the Human Genome Project. The
interactive modules feature illustrations, animations, and audio and video components. The following modules are available: Bioinformatics; Timeline; Genes, Variation, and Human
History; How to Sequence a Genome; Ethical, Legal, and Social
Implications; Our Molecular
Selves; and Articles of Interest. In addition to these downloadable resources, the site includes a talking glossary, modules for teachers, and education resources.
Education Partnership -- GEP is a learning community of
kindergarten through 12th grade teachers, scientists, and genetics
professionals from throughout Washington state who are committed
to genetics teaching. Their Web site includes a Genetics
Education Guide (2000) for K-12 that can be viewed online
or downloaded for free. The site also provides ideas for classroom
activities and reviews of instructional materials.
- Blazing a Genetic Trail
(updated Spring 2002) -- This special report on mutant genes
and hereditary disorders from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
can be viewed online or downloaded
as a PDF. Some of the topics covered in this report include finding
faulty genes, discovering how genetic disorders are inherited,
reading the human blueprint, and conquering a genetic disease.
Some special features available only in the online version are
a Glossary; A Brief Key to Basic Genetics; and The Genes We Share
with Yeast, Flies, Worms, and Mice.
Lesson Plans - These lesson plans from the Educator's
Reference Desk cover genetics fundamentals, chromosome design,
protein synthesis, and how cells duplicate. Educator's Reference
Desk is an online service providing education information to teachers,
librarians, parents, and anyone interested in education. The Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) provides access to more than 40,000 educational resources.
Chips: A Genetics Lab in the Palm of Your Hand (2000)
-- This is a special issue of Snapshots of Science and Medicine
devoted to teaching high school students about DNA chip and DNA
microarray technology. The entire issue and a supplementary teacher's
guide are downloadable. Back issues also are online.
- GenScope (1999 Archived) -- Free, downloadable
software that allows students to manipulate the
DNA of an imaginary species of dragon and observe the effects
at all levels. Suitable for high school students.
Gateway -- A guide to help you learn about the genes, traits,
and disorders listed on the Human Genome Landmarks
poster. Find disorder information and learn how to view and use
genome maps, sequence data, protein structures and more!
DNA Learning Center (DNALC) -- This Web site from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has numerous educational
tools. DNA Interactive is a multimedia site dedicated to the discovery
of the complementary pairing of DNA bases and the scientists who contributed
to this discovery. Your Genes, Your Health is an online
multimedia encyclopedia of genetic disorders. DNA From the Beginning is
a Web-based educational module that covers basic concepts of inheritance through
up-to-the-minute methods of DNA analysis. This module is also available for
purchase as a CD-ROM
set. Other resources at this site include: Image Archive on the American Eugenics
Movement and BioServers (bioinformatics tools for students and teachers).
- Biology Project -- This site
serves as an up-to-date online interactive resource for learning
Presented by the University of Arizona, the Biology Project provides
tutorials, problem sets, and activities in a number of areas of
research including forensics, inheritance, karyotyping, gene expression,
and Mendelian genetics. Many of the units are also available in
and Portuguese. Suitable for high school and college students. General Biology lesson plans are provided for middle and high school students.
- NCBI Guide to the Draft Human Genome Sequence -- This website aims to jump-start those who want make use of the draft sequence but are not sure where or how to start.
- Waksman Student Scholars
Program -- This program includes online tutorials in the biosciences,
an online bioinformatics challenge for students, and numerous other
resources for high school teachers and students.
- Hello Dolly
-- Launched in 1997, this Web-based curriculum was designed to help
students consider cloning from several different perspectives. Targeted
to high school students.
Webcasts, Graphics and Animation
on Genetics and the Human Genome Project -- Provides contact information
for suppliers of videos on topics related to genetics, the HGP, and the MGP.
- Webcasts -- Online
audio and video presentations about genetics and the Human Genome
Gallery -- View and download genome science images provided
by the U.S. Department of Energy Genome Program.
Mouse Genetics from Oak Ridge National Laboratory --
Learn about mouse genetics and the statistics behind the inheritance
of red eyes
and black fur. Requires free Shockwave plug-in.
- The following animations
are provided by the University of Nebraska Institute of Agriculture
and Natural Resources. For advanced high school and college biology
students. Requires free Flash 5 Player.
Animation Library -- Access animations depicting different
molecular biology techniques such as PCR, Southern blotting,
and cycle sequencing, and a section called DNA Detective.
Provided by the Dolan DNA Learning Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
Requires free Shockwave plug-in.
- Human Genome
Landmarks: Selected Traits and Disorders Mapped to Chromosomes
-- Order an educational wall poster of all 24 human chromosomes and
selected genes that have been mapped to each. Online
version of the poster also is available.
the Human Genome Project Poster & Slide Presentation
- Download slide sets to use in presentations about genetics, the Human
Genome Project (HGP), and issues surrounding the HGP.
Aids Available for Purchase
- The New Genetics:
Medicine and the Human Genome (2001) -- A multimedia CD-ROM
for those interested in the impact of genetics and genomics on healthcare
Posters from Ward's Natural Science -- Order posters about
general biology, cell biology, genetics, classification, molecular biology,
microorganisms, plants, animals, wildlife and ecology, and human biology.
Many other science education materials available for purchase from Ward's Natural Science Online Catalog.
- Carolina Biological Supply Company
-- This company provides an online catalog of products to support mathematics
and scientific education. See the Teacher
Resources section, which includes classroom activities; audio, video,
and software downloads; grant writing resources; MSDS sheets; professional
development opportunities; science content standards; and more.
- CellServ - Self-contained kits
for use in genetics laboratory activities and classroom instruction.
CellServ provides four different types of kits: Visualization of Normal
and Transformed Cells; Observation of Heterokaryons Through Cell Fusion;
Effects of Toxic Chemicals on Cells; and Preparation of Human Chromosome
Spreads. PowerPoint presentations also are available for purchase. Sponsored
by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences at the National
Institutes of Health.
- Science Topics: Genetics
-- Order software with simulations and content that can be used for
teaching different genetics concepts. Available from the EME corporation.
Workshops and Training Opportunities for Teachers
Celebration of the Genome: 50 Years of DNA -- April 2003 marked
the 50th anniversary of James Watson and Francis Crick's Nobel Prize winning
description of the DNA double helix. Join the National Institutes of Health
and Department of Energy's month-long series of scientific, educational, cultural
and celebratory events across the United States commemorating the historic
culmination of one of the most important scientific projects in history, the
sequencing of the human genome.
Pauling and the Race for DNA: A Documentary History --
This special collection of more than 800 scanned documents, photographs,
audio clips, and video describes in great detail the pursuit to discover
the structure of DNA. An excellent reference source for anyone interested
in the history of DNA.
- Access Excellence -- This
site, which is part of the National Health Museum, is targeted
to health and bioscience educators. Get news, access graphics galleries,
read articles about research and new approaches to teaching science,
collaborate with other educators online, browse collections of classroom
activities, and subscribe to Biology Education Online, a peer-reviewed
e-journal by and for K-16 educators (subscription is free with registration).
- Genome News Network (GNN) --
Online news magazine covering genomics research around the world. GNN
is published every other week. Some special educational features include:
A Quick Guide
to Sequenced Genomes (up-to-date reference for finding out what
genomes have been sequenced); What's a Genome?
(illustrated content introducing basic concepts related to DNA, genomes,
genes, and chromosomes); and Genetics and Genomics
About the Human Genome Project and Genetics Through the World Wide Web
(2001) -- A printable URL list.
in Genetics and the Biosciences -- A summary of career areas
related to the biosciences with links to additional information. Also
available as a PDF
- Genetics Education Center -- Collections
of links for educators interested in human genetics from the University
of Kansas Medical Center. Find information on books, videos, curricula,
lesson plans, genetics news, opportunities for networking with other
educators, and links to other resources.
of Life -- An online, interactive introduction to DNA, chromosomes,
genes, amino acids, genetic disease, and cell types. From the Washington
- Blueprint of the Body
-- CNN's overview of the Human Genome Project. Access an interactive
genome guide, online video, essays, and interviews.
- HHMI Online Catalog -- Place orders
for free publications, videos, and other materials produced by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
- Ask a Scientist -- Read
answers to some of the common biology questions on topics like eye color.
From the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
- The DNA Files -- A Web site
that accompanies two series of radio programs broadcast on NPR. Listen
to audio clips, read program summaries, and order tapes, CD’s, or transcripts
for these programs that explain how the genetic revolution affects our
every day lives.
- Classic Papers
in Genetics -- This service from Electronic Scholarly Publishing
provides free online access to some of the most important papers in
the history of genetics research.
Does DNA Sound Like?" (2001) -- Go inside a cell with sounds
and pictures from NPR's Morning Edition.
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