Introduction to Genetics



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.

Introduction to Genetics

Whether you’re a parent who wants to help her child with homework, or you just want a better understanding of genetics, the Web is a great place to turn for an introduction to genetics.

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  • As with many cutting-edge sciences, human genetics—particularly the manipulation of genes—is a controversial issue. Bear this in mind as you visit the Web sites below and consider who their sponsors are.

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Teaching Genetics

Get up to speed with current developments in genetics and find insights on teaching genetics with the help of the Web.

Insights for Teaching Genetics

  • Some of the sites below can help you find material for your target audience by focusing on specific age ranges and media.
  • Check the dates of the content on each site to make sure that you’re getting the latest information and insights on this dynamic science.

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Genetic Disorders

More and more, medical experts are beginning to understand genetic disorders and how they manifest. Learn more about what genetics disorders are and get familiar with some of the most common genetic conditions.

Insights for Genetic Disorders

  • Research into genetic disorders is in its infancy. Don’t expect to find discussions of cures for such disorders; you’re more likely to learn about potential explanations and possible treatments.

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DNA Sequencing

DNA sequencing is defined as establishing all or part of a person's exact DNA sequence. It enables you to retrieve information on genes and proteins and cross-reference them to gain a better understanding of their biological function.

Insights for DNA Sequencing

  • DNA sequencing is a complex topic and not for the faint of heart. The sites below were chosen for their straightforward explanations of the process.

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Genetic Research

Research into the causes and potential treatments of genetic illnesses and disorders is one of the fastest growing fields in science. Learn more about genetic research and read about some of the latest genetic research studies.

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Genetic Testing

Genetic testing can determine whether a person carries genes for inherited diseases or disorders. Discover how genetic testing is performed and how it can be used for diagnostic purposes.

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Genetics News

Keep abreast of the most recent findings in genetics news with journals, e-mail newsletters and RSS feeds.

Insights for Genetics News

  • When performing research online, it’s always a good idea to check the dates of the articles linked or cited. This field is so dynamic that new insights can replace previously held views on an ever-changing basis.
  • Consider whether the sponsors of a site may have a particular viewpoint or agenda they’re trying to spin.

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