Additional Resources

Genetics Education

Sites with resources for both educators and learners.

Genetics/Genomics Competency Centre for Education (G2C2) A ‘referatory’ funded by the NIH whose mission is to provide high quality educational resources for group instruction or self-directed learning in genetics/genomics by health care educators and practitioners. The G2C2 solicits, reviews and organizes resources through an interdisciplinary collaborative exchange.

For additional information on direct-to-consumer genetic testing, please refer to the following resource from Genetics Home Reference:

The NHS National Genetics and Genomics Education Centre The NHS National Genetics and Genomics Education Centre was established in 2005 and funded by the Department of Health as one of the major initiatives of the 2003 Genetics White Paper ‘Our Inheritance, Our Future – Realising the potential of genetics in the NHS’. One of the main aims of the Centre was to improve the understanding of genetics among healthcare professionals and its role in modern healthcare.

Supporting the ongoing education of health professionals in genetics and, more recently, genomics has been a key component of our work, and this work will continue.


The Jackson Laboratory The Jackson Laboratory (JAX Lab) is an independent nonprofit organization leveraging eight decades of expertise in genetics and genomics to increase understanding of human disease and discover precise genomic solutions.

From high school summer programs to conferences that further the education of practicing scientists and professionals, The JAX Lab advances science and improve health through their commitment to education.

Education and Learning

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Educational materials about genetics and genomics.


The Office of Public Health Genomics (OPHG), Centre for Disease Control (CDC) The Office of Public Health Genomics (OPHG) provides timely and credible information for the effective and responsible translation of genomics research into population health benefits.




New South Wales Centre for Genetics Education The Centre for Genetics Education is a state wide service dedicated to providing current and relevant genetics information to individuals and family members affected by genetic conditions and the professionals who work with them. The Centre’s activities include the production of resources with an aim to bring genetics information to the widest audience possible.
Centre for Genetic Medicine by The Hospital for Sick Children  The Centre for Genetic Medicine is committed to providing quality sources of information about genetics and genomic medicine to patients, families, healthcare providers and the scientific community.

Educational resources here of particular interest to those learning/teaching about next-generation sequencing, whole genome and exome sequencing, testing and results.

Inside these pages you will find videos, interactive modules, brochures, web links to hospital services and much more. 

Disease-Specific Resources

GeneReviews GeneReviews are expert-authored, peer-reviewed disease descriptions (“chapters”) presented in a standardized format and focused on clinically relevant and medically actionable information on the diagnosis, management, and genetic counseling of patients and families with specific inherited conditions.

GeneReviews currently comprises 616 chapters. 


PubMed Health PubMed Health provides information for consumers and clinicians on prevention and treatment of diseases and conditions.

PubMed Health specializes in reviews of clinical effectiveness research, with easy-to-read summaries for consumers as well as full technical reports. Clinical effectiveness research finds answers to the question “What works?” in medical and health care.

PubMed Health is a service provided by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM).


Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) OMIM is a comprehensive, authoritative compendium of human genes and genetic phenotypes that is freely available and updated daily. OMIM is authored and edited at the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, under the direction of Dr. Ada Hamosh. Its official home is

Users can search by disease name, patient phenotype or gene.


Unique Unique is a source of information and support to families and individuals affected by any rare chromosome disorder and to the professionals who work with them. Unique is a UK-based charity but welcomes members worldwide.

Find a collection of information about specific chromosome disorders in a comprehensive offline database that is family-friendly, medically-verified, disorder-specific information guides.


Orphanet  Orphanet is the reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs, for all audiences. Orphanet’s aim is to help improve the diagnosis, care and treatment of patients with rare diseases.


National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) NORD is a unique federation of voluntary health organizations dedicated to helping people with rare “orphan” diseases and assisting the organizations that serve them. NORD is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research, and service.

Professional Societies

Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors (CAGC) CAGC promotes high standards of practice, encourage professional growth and increase public awareness of the genetic counselling profession in Canada.


Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG)  

Guidelines and position statements:


Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) 

A leading authority on reproductive health care, the SOGC produces national clinical guidelines for both public and medical education on important women’s health issues. 

Canadian Cardiology Society (CCS) 

The CCS is the national voice for cardiovascular clinicians and scientists, promoting cardiovascular health and care excellence.

American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG)  


Standards, guidelines and policy statements:


National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) NSGC promotes the professional interests of genetic counselors and provides a network for professional communication. Local and national continuing education opportunities and the discussion of all issues relevant to human genetics and the genetic counseling profession are an integral part of belonging to the NSGC.

GEC-KO aims to aid the practicing non-genetics health professional by providing informed opinions regarding genetic/genomic conditions, services and technologies that have been developed in a rigorous and evidence-based manner with periodic updating.  The content on the GEC-KO site is for educational purposes only.  No resource should be used as a substitute for clinical judgement.  GEC-KO assumes no responsibility or liability resulting from the use of information contained herein.

External links are selected and reviewed at the time a page is published. However, GEC-KO is not responsible for the content of external websites. The inclusion of a link to an external website from GEC-KO should not be understood to be an endorsement of that website or the site’s owners (or their products/services).