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Latest genetic and genomic news, media resources, and information of broad interest to students and educators.

A Family Defect Sheds Light on the Human Genome

Description: They said it was their family curse: a rare birth defect in which their thumb and index finger were fused together on one or both hands. Scientists have traced the limb anomaly to a novel class of genetic defects unlike any seen before.

Genomics and Health

Description: Links to genomics and health impact news and publications

How DNA Testing for Your Ancestry Works

Description: A four minute video of professor Wendy Roth of the University of British Columbia, explaining the boom in genetic ancestry tests and how these tests influence the way people understand race.

How Reliable Are Home DNA Ancestry Tests - Investigation Uses Triplets to Find Out.

Description: Millions of people are purchasing home DNA kits like 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, and Ancestry DNA, to unlock the secrets to their ancestry, but are the results always 100 percent reliable? To find out, Inside Edition enlisted the help of two sets of indistinguishable triplets and a set of indentical quadruplets to investigate the accuracy of the at-home tests.

Monsanto Cultivates a Rose That Does Not Wilt

Description: New advances in biotechnology could keep your flowers in bloom longer.

Navigating Genetics Education Resources from the National Library of Medicine

Description: A training video on using online genetics education resources from the National Library of Medicine in the classroom

NHGRI Newsroom

Description: A listing of the National Human Genome Research Institute's latest genomic news

Rewriting the Code of Life

Description: A powerful new biological tool could be used to make white-footed mice immune to the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. An article by Michael Specter.

Tweets of the Week

Description: Follow tweets written by Dr. Khoury, the director of the CDC's Office of Public Health Genomics