Genetics is a branch of biology that studies heredity and how certain characteristics or traits are passed from parents to offspring. The modern study of genetics began with the research of Gregor Mendel in the mid-1800s. His discoveries paved the way for today’s understanding of the role of genetics in human development and in the treatment of genetic disorders.
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National Institutes of Health
provides a brief history of genetics research in the United States along with an overview of ethical issues, gene therapy and more.
The Humane Genome Project
presents some of the ethical, legal and social issues surrounding human genome research. Use the links provided to find more detailed information on each topic.
is a journal published by the Genetics Society of America. The site offers free customizable e-mail alerts and RSS feeds along with abstracts and full text (ASCII or PDF) of both the 50 most-read and the 50 most-cited articles.
The American Journal of Human Genetics
presents papers on its Web site in advance of its print issue every week. Each month’s current issue is available for free online in abstract, full-text, and PDF forms, along with links to spreadsheets and corresponding data when relevant.
Genes & Development
presents research papers on a wide range of issues in molecular genetics and related fields. Access to most full-text articles in the archive requires a membership.
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