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Genetic Conditions

Genetic Conditions

Conditions caused by gene variations or mutations

Genetic conditions are caused in whole or in part by a change in a person’s DNA sequence. Genetic conditions can be caused by a mutation in one or multiple genes, by a combination of gene mutations and environmental factors, or by damage to chromosomes. Some genetic conditions are inherited, while others occur spontaneously.

Materials for Genetic Conditions


Genes & Your Health

Description: Basic information on how genetics plays a role in health and disease

Genetic and Rare Conditions

Description: An alphebetical list of genetic disorders

Genetic Conditions

Description: A list of genetic conditions with links to information on each

Genetic Disorders

Description: Information on genetic disorders in general and a listing of resources where further information can be found

Genetic Disorders Library

Description: Detailed information on a variety of genetic conditions

Rare Genetic Disorders - Learning About Genetic Disease Through Gene Mapping, SNPS, and Microarray Data

Description: An article on understanding genetic conditions through the findings of clinical and research genetic tests

Specific Genetic Conditions

Description: Information on a selection of genetic conditions

Studying Genes

Description: An article on genes, biomedical research, and health

What Are Single Gene Disorders?

Description: Single gene disorders are caused by DNA changes in one particular gene, and often have predictable inheritance patterns.

What Is A Genetic Disorder?

Description: A genetic disorder is a disease that is caused by a change, or mutation, in an individual’s DNA sequence.

You and Your Genes Making It in a Tough Environment (PDF 286.80 KB)

Description: An illustrated article on genetic and environmental risks for human disease


DNA Roulette

Description: An odds game that illustrates the probabilistic nature of genomics

Genetic Disease Webquest

Description: A game on genetic diagnosis

Interactive Tutorials

Supermodels of Science

Description: Scientists use many different organisms to study diseases in humans. Learn about "model organisms" that help us learn about and find treatments for human diseases.

The Genetics of Resistance to HIV Infection

Description: A detailed interactive tutorial exploring mechanisms of HIV resistance

Teacher Resources

Creating Genetic Counselor Pamphlets (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: After discussing the benefits and potential misuses of prenatal genetic testing, students in grades 9-12 research a particular genetic disorder and then create pamphlets about the disorder from a genetic counselor's point of view.

From Genomes of Species (PDF 28.17 KB, Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: Students create a play, interview a medical patient or doctor, explore advances in genomics at a local university, consider the feasibility and ethical use of bonobos as a model organism.

Knowledge is Power – Check out your gene pool

Description: Instruction for requesting a copy of a video featuring interviews with a physician, genetic counselor and families directly affected by Tay-Sachs and Canavan disease

Molecular Medicine Comes of Age (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: Students assume the roles of employees of two fictional pharmaceutical companies to discover medical benefits of understanding variation at a molecular level.


Molecular Basis of Heredity: Part 3. Genetic Variation

Description: Join Raye Lynn Alford, PhD, as she explains the molecular basis of genetic variation, including mechanisms and types of DNA sequence variations, and patterns of inheritance of genetic disorders.

Telling Stories - Understanding Real Life Genetics

Description: A web-based multi-media education resource that uses real-life stories from the public and professionals to promote knowledge and understanding of genetics and how it impacts on people's lives

The Genome Era: What it Means to You

Description: The director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins, describes the "genomic research adventure" that is leading to new and more precise ways to diagnose, treat and prevent common and rare genetic diseases. A variety of careers in genomics is presented.

The Pathway to Genomic Medicine

Description: Richard Gibbs, PhD, explains genomic medicine and its role in and relationship to genetic research, and outlines how technology and the study of genetics is transforming medicine.

The Structures of Life

Description: Watch how structural biology gives insight into health, disease, and drug design