Genomics/Population genetics is a field of science that tracks genomic changes occurring over time within and among populations. It strives to identify the forces that influence the genetic composition within a group. Because changes in gene frequencies are at the heart of evolution, population and evolutionary genetics are often studied together.
Materials for Genomics/Population Genetics
Description: An engaging 5 minute film about DNA and the human genome that is sure to please.
- Source: National Human Genome Research Institute and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
- URL: http://unlockinglifescode.org/learn/the-animated-genome
Description: Detailed article on how evolutionary processes affect the genome
- Source: Nature Education
- URL: http://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/population-genomics-15812442
Description: A question and answer information page on genomics and public health
- Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- URL: http://www.cdc.gov/genomics/population/faq.htm
Description: Interactively explore topics in biology with the Click and Learn app. Each module features supporting videos and animations (Internet connection required). Learn about topics in evolution, neurobiology, infectious diseases, bioinformatics, stem cells, RNA, obesity, cancer, and genomics.
- Source: Howard Hughes Medical Institute
- URL: http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/click-and-learn-app
Description: Information and practice problems on allelic frequency and the Hardy-Weinberg Law of Genetic Equilibrium
- Source: Pearsons Education, Inc.
- URL: http://www.phschool.com/science/biology_place/labbench/lab8/intro.html
Human Genetic Variation: A Flipped Classroom Exercise in Cultural Competency (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)
Description: An expert authored advanced in-class case discussion teaching concepts of population genetics and genetic variation.
- Source: Genetics Society of America
- URL: http://www.genetics-gsa.org/education/GSAPREP.2013.003.shtml
Population Genetics (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)
Description: In this lesson, students simulate what happens to a population containing sickle cell trait carriers over several generations in the presence of a high, medium, or low incidence of malaria. Students analyze class data to understand trends in each population and the selective forces at play. Students also review and discuss real-world data.
- Source: The American Society of Human Genetics
- URL: http://www.ashg.org/cgi-bin/gena/glesson.pl?s=LSN&t=5&l=3&c=0
Description: Population biology focuses on the biological processes that affect populations of organisms. Population biology is relevant to plant pathology because plant diseases are caused by populations of parasites. Explore concepts of gene mutation, genetic drift, gene flow and more through this series.
- Source: The American Phytopathological Society
- URL: http://www.apsnet.org/edcenter/advanced/topics/PopGenetics/Pages/default.aspx