Genetics - Web Sites

Basic Principles of Genetics: An Introduction to Mendelian Genetics

Created at Palomar College, San Marcos, California by Dr O'Neil.  Topics include Mendel's Genetics, Probabiliby of inheritance, Exceptions to simple inheritance.  Practice flashcards are also availability.

Biology Project. The University of Arizona. Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

Click on either "Cell Biology" or "Human Biology" to get a review of cell signaling, cell basics, the cell cycle & mitosis, meiosis, prokaryotes, eukaryotes and viruses, human genetics and other topics.

Center for Disease Control's National Office of Public Health Genomics

This site provides visitors with information about human genomic discoveries can be used to improve health and prevent disease. It also provides links to CDC wide activities in public health genomics.

Coffee Break

Coffee Break Coffee Break is an online newsline created by the National Library of Medicine. It is a collection of short reports on recent biological discoveries. Each report incorporates interactive tutorials that show how bioinformatics tools are used as a part of the research process.

Each report is about 400 words, and is usually based on a discovery reported in one or more articles from the recently published peer-reviewed literature. After a brief introduction that sets the work described into a broader context, the report focuses on how a molecular understanding can provide explanations of observed biology and lead to therapies for diseases.

Some example reports include: Neanderthal man lives on in some of us; How the woolly mammoth adapted to the cold; The songbird and the chicken: how a song can change a genome.

Dolan DNA Learning Center.

This Learning Center is a science center devoted entirely to genetics education and is an operating unit of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, an important center for molecular genetics research.  Topics include basic heredity, genetic disorders, eugenics, the discovery of the structure of DNA, DNA sequencing, cancer and plant genetics.

  • DNA from the Beginning
  • DNA Interactive
  • Inside Cancer and Inside Cancer Teacher Center
  • Genes to Cognition Online
  • Your Genes, Your Health--provides a multimedia guide to genetic disorders. It includes fragile X syndrome, Marfan Syndrome, hemophilia, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, PKU and others.

Gene Tests

A publicly funded medical genetics information site which includes:

  • Gene Reviews:  expert-authored peer reviewed disease descriptions
  • Laboratory Directory:  international directory of genetic testing labs
  • Clinic Directory:  international directory of genetics and prenatal diagnosis clinics
  • Educational Materals:  illustrated glossary, info on genetic services, PowerPoint presentations, annotated Internet resources

Genetic Alliance

Genetic Alliance is a coalition of more than 600 advocacy organizations that is dedicated to improving the quality of life for everyone living with genetic conditions. Some tools included at this site are:

  • Genetic Alliance Resource Repository - electronic collection of documents, links, audio and video files.
  • Disease InfoSearch - information on more than 1,000 genetic conditions
  • Organization Search
  • Publications - free to download

Genetic Science Learning Center. Learn Genetics. University of Utah

This site, developed for both teachers and students, has free educational materials for learning and unit plans for teaching, professional development programs that update K-16 teachers' expertise and community programs. Type your topic of interest into the Search box.

  • Tour of the Basics
  • DNA to Protein - learn about DNA, protein synthesis and examples of protein functions.
  • Heredity & Traits
  • Amazing Cells
  • Build a DNA Molecule
  • Epigenetics

Genetic Societies

American College of Medical Genetics

American Society of Human Genetics

International Society of Nurses in Genetics

A World of Genetics Societies

Genetics and Ethics

This site is administered by Bryn Williams-Jones, on the medical faculty of the University of Montreal. The goal of this site is to serve as a clearing house for information on the social, ethical and policy issues associated with genetic knowledge and technology.

  • People and Places. The goal of this page is to provide a comprehensive international list (sorted by country) of research centres, public action groups, and government bodies involved in the study or discussion of issues broadly related to genetics and ethics.
  • Topics. This page organizes a diversity of web resources (websites, online articles, position statements, etc.) on genetics and ethics by topic e.g. non-fiction, fiction and movies, cloning, genetic testing, DNA banking, patenting, eugenics, GMOs, human research, law, stemcells, etc.
  • News. Automated Newsfeed from plus links to other news sites.

Genetics Home Reference

This National Library of Medicine site provides consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes responsible for those conditions. Information is provided on:

  • Genetic Conditions. The genetics of more than 200 health conditions, diseases, and syndromes.
  • Genes. The normal function and the health effects of more than 300 genes.
  • Chromosomes. Chromosomes, mitochondrial DNA, and associated health conditions.
  • Handbook. Learn about mutations, inheritance, genetic counseling, genetic testing, genomic research
  • Glossary. Medical and genetics definitions
  • Resources. Links to other genetics information and organizations

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The Institute is a nonprofit medical research organization that employs hundreds of leading biomedical scientists working at the forefront of their fields. The Institute's scientists conduct research in the following areas: cell biology, computational biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience and structural biology.

Human Genome Project. U.S. Department of Energy

  • Human Genome Project Information: Comprehensive HGP information including project facts: educational materials; medicine and the new genetics; and ethical,
  • Genomics Science Program : The goal of this program is to achieve a predictive, system-level understanding of plants, microbes, and biological communities.
  • Microbial Genome Program: This program has sequenced hundreds of microbial genomes and tens of microbial communities having specialized biological capabilities.

International Society of Nurses in Genetics

ISONG is dedicated to fostering the scientific and professional growth of nurses in human genetics and genomics worldwide. The ISONG vision is: caring for people's genetic and genomic health.

Kansas University Medical Center. Information for Genetic Professionals

Updated regularly with clinical, research, and educational resources for genetic counselors, clinical geneticists, and medical geneticists.

National Cancer Institute. Cancer Genetics.

This site gives general cancer genetics information, information about specific cancers and helps one find cancer genetics professionals. It also has policy statements and cancer genetics research resources and information.

National Center for Biotechnology Information

Many genetic related links.  Links to several database (BLAST, PubMed, Entrez, OMIM) and a taxonomy browser.  Includes info on chemicals and bioassays, DNA & RNA, domains & structures, genes & expression, genetics & medicine genomes & maps, homology and more.

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). National Institute of Health

National Information Resource on Ethics and Human Genetics at Georgetown University

At this site you can access resources and information services on topics related to the ethical, legal and social implications of research and clinical practice in human genetics. These include databases searchable via the Internet, the full text of online annotated bibliographies and other print publications.

National Organization for Rare Disorders

Rare disease database (charge for full text articles); newsletters, organizational database.

Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM)

This searchable database is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders edited by professors at Johns Hopkins and elsewhere.  Also has links to NCBI's Entrez database of MEDLINE articles and sequence information.

Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms

Created by the National Human Genome Research Institute to help everyone understand the terms and concept used in genetic research.

Telling Stories. Understanding Real Life Genetics. The National Genetics Education and Development Center

This resource has been developed to promote understanding among all health professionals of the impact genetics has on real life, and its relevance to healthcare practice. The website draws on stories that cover a range of genetic conditions including single-gene disorders (with autosomal dominant, autosomal recessive and X-linked inheritance patterns), chromosomal abnormalities and multifactorial conditions such as

cancer and heart disease.

Texas Department of State Health Services - Genetic Services

A resource for information about genetics and genetic services in Texas.

Understanding Gene Testing. National Cancer Institute.

Presented in a powerpoint slide format and has excellent illustrations.