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Top Issues In Genetics

Top Issues In Genetics

Select genetic topics of popular interest

Genetics and genomics have important health and societal implications that informed citizens and empowered consumers will need to understand. Genetic topics of popular interest, include stem cell research, the Human Genome Project, genetic testing, genealogical tracing, bioethics, bioinformatics, genetics of infectious disease, and DNA barcoding, to name a few.

Materials for Top Issues In Genetics


The Animated Genome

Description: An engaging 5 minute film about DNA and the human genome that is sure to please.


Genomics: What Potential Does Understanding Our Genetic Playbook Hold?

Description: Articles and interviews with biologists who are engaged in cutting-edge genomic science

HHMI Bulletin

Description: View issues of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's science magazine highlighting top issues in biomedical science and genetics

Issues in Genetics

Description: Information on ethical, legal and social issues raised by genomic research

Teacher Resources

Introduction to Personal Genetics (PDF 397.84 KB, Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: This lesson introduces students to the recent advances in genetics, genetic testing and personal genome sequencing, and presents some of the decisions and ethical challenges an individual may face regarding the use of this technology. It also highlights some of the likely benefits of personal genetics, such as gaining the ability to act on one’s genetic risks, tailoring medicines and interventions, and becoming more active and engaged healthcare consumers.

Issues In Education

Description: Articles by opinion leaders on bioscience literacy in the classroom, classroom methodology, cultural considerations and more.

Preparing to Teach Lessons on Personal Genetics (PDF 127.18 KB)

Description: This overview includes resources for teachers who are looking for a “big picture” idea of the latest genetic research and the issues percolating around the personal, societal, and medical possibilities and questions.