Basic Genetic Principles

Reputable and informative sites with Basic Genetic Principles:

National Genetics and Genomic Education Centre, UK has developed I’m Learning Genetics, an introduction to core concepts in genetics and genomics as they apply to healthcare.

National Library of Medicine in collaboration with the National Human Genome Research Institute developed GeneEd which explores topics such as cell biology, DNA, genes and chromosomes.

National Cancer Institute hosts Understanding Gene Testing, an illustrated tutorial on genes and genetic testing.

The PHG Foundation has a range of information on genomics, its applications for individual and population health, and associated policy issues. Educational materials include lectures, presentations and e-learning resources.

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute produced Your Genome, an introduction to the main concepts of DNA, genes & genomes, focusing on basic questions such as “What is a genome?” and “What are genes?” 

Cold Spring Harbor Library’s DNA from the Beginning is an animated primer organized around key concepts.




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