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Educational Resources

Educational Sites
Human Genome Project Education Resources (from the DOE's HGP Information site) -- Possibly the best single resource for those new to genetics and genomics
European Initiative for Biotechnology Education (EIBE) -- Useful resource for high school and undergraduate-level educators, built around PDF-encoded "units" (in several languages) on topics such as DNA profiling, transgenic plants, and the impacts of biotech on the developing world and the environment
Biointeractive -- Remarkable site from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, featuring interactive "labs," some spectacular animations, and a "virtual museum"
Human Gene Testing, a node in the National Academy of Science's "Beyond Discovery" series -- Reviews "the path from research to human benefit" cleared by fifty years' study of classical and molecular genetics
The Risks and Benefits of Genetically Modified Food (from the SCOPE project) -- Presentation, geared toward educators, students, and the interested general public, on the GM food controversy. Includes mailing lists, Web links, literature indexes, and other features; full access requires a free SCOPE membership.
Transgenic Crops: An Introduction and Resouce Guide -- Nicely conceived site from Colorado State University, aimed at the interested public and underwritten by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Includes discussion of history of TG plants, Flash-driven animations, links, FAQs, and more
DNA Learning Center -- Superb, highly interactive collection from the Cold Spring Harbor Lab that intentionally targets the widest possible range of students
Access Excellence at the National Health Museum -- Remarkable, compulsively browseable collection of links geared especially for the classroom teacher
MIT Biology Hypertextbook -- A well-known, and terrific, online course supplement (or refresher) for molecular biology, from MIT's Experimental Study Group
The Molecules of Life -- Interactive introduction to proteins, protein folding, protein structure, and x-ray crystallography. Highly recommended for a nonspecialist audience

Ethics Sites
Who Owns Life? -- Beautifully designed, well-conceived site from the University of Pennsylvania's, regarding the dilemmas posed by gene patenting. Includes nicely written reviews of key issues, primers on biology and patent law, brief summaries of relevant court cases, and suggestions for assignments and student projects.
Nuffield Council on Bioethics -- Arm of the British Nuffield Foundation focusing on bioethics issues. Site includes reports and discussion papers on topics such as GM crops, xenotransplantation, and stem cell research
National Reference Center for Bioethics Literature -- No-nonsense, searchable collection of books, articles, government publications, and Internet resources on bioethics, from Georgetown University
Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues (from the DOE's HGP Information site) -- Well-maintained ORNL page packed with useful information on privacy, patents, gene testing, gene therapy, and more -- "Patent law for non-lawyers; genetic engineering for non-scientists"
GeneLetter -- Valuable news and information site on genomic research, with an impact-on-society bent
Genetic Alliance, Inc. -- International coalition of individuals and organizations working to "enhance the lives of everyone impacted by genetic conditions." Site includes a well-stocked collection of links to resources on ethical, legal, and social implications of genetic research

Editor's note: The links featured on this page will change periodically, so come back frequently.

Site of the Month
Explore the human genome, and the impact of human genes on health, disease and society at The Human Genome, a rich and engaging site produced by the Wellcome Trust. Learn about what's in the genome and how it works through simple overviews and interactive features. Take an in-depth look at how defective genes can cause disease, and the progress being made in their diagnosis and treatment. Or visit the genes and society section for historical perspective and an introduction to the ethics of genetics. If you find yourself getting caught up in the lingo, a helpful glossary is just a click away!

Finding the Right Word
Rapid changes in bioinformatics, gene medicine, and postgenomics are confronting a wide variety of persons -- scientists, policymakers, journalists, the lay public -- with a great deal of unfamiliar terminology. To help you sort it out, we've gathered together links to some of the top online glossaries in genetics, genomics, and biomedicine.

Film Festival
Some interesting archived Webcasts to check out (require RealPlayer or Windows Media Player):
Press conference and scientific session held on Monday, 12 February 2001, to mark publication of draft human genome papers (at National Institutes of Health)
Streaming video and audio files of talks on the Arabidopsis genome, by luminaries such as Dan Cosgrove, James Watson, and Daphne Preuss (at Cold Spring Harbor Lab)
White House press conference (26 June 2000) announcing completion of draft human genome (at ORNL)
Sequencing the Human Genome: New Frontiers in Science and Technology (at the American Museum of Natural History)
Lectures and Q&A on genes and biological clocks (HHMI Holiday Lectures series)
Online lecture "Discovering the Double Helix" by James Watson (available at CSHL's DNA Learning Center)

Cartoonists' views of the HGP -- Slate magazine gathers together the genomic musings of more than a dozen top editorial artists.
DNA-o-gram -- Send a nucleotide-encoded message to a friend
Swiss-Jokes -- The infamous random sampler of helvetian humor from ExPASy

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