What’s a gene? What exactly is a trait? And can I really remember what a chromosome is, or what it does? Some of our readers might be asking themselves these questions, and if they are, they will definitely want to browse on over the tremendously helpful and easy to use Learn. Genetics website. Created by a team of experts at the Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah, the site provides basic overviews of various aspects of genetics, along with a number of fine resources (such as lesson plans and activities) for educators. The basics of genetics can be gleaned within the “Genetic Reference Series” area, which includes a virtual biotechniques laboratory, and a series of features that answers some of the “basics” in jargon-free language. Moving on, the “Genome Science Series” includes features that address recent manifestations of genetics in public discourse and discussion, such as “Stem Cells in the Spotlight” and “Gene Therapy: Molecular Bandage?” Finally, visitors can take a bit of the website with them if they elect to download one of their “Biobits in Depth”, which address topics like cystic fibrosis research and the social issues surrounding the use of medical marijuana.


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