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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.


Issues in Genetics

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

Teacher Resources

How to Read a Scientific Paper (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: This guide is intended for advanced high school students and college undergraduates who are interested in working on independent research projects.

Introduction to Personal Genetics (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 motivation to take action to reduce health risks, tailoring medicines and interventions, and becoming more active and engaged healthcare consumers.