NIH launches new genetics education resourceHigh school students, teachers and anyone else interested in genetics now have a remarkable educational resource called GeneEd.
Developed by the National Library of Medicine in collaboration with the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), GeneEd explores topics such as cell biology, DNA, genes and chromosomes. The colorful website also delves into heredity/inheritance patterns, epigenetics/inheritance and the environment, genetic conditions, evolution, biostatistics, biotechnology, DNA forensics, and top issues in genetics.
"We are delighted to partner with the National Library of Medicine on this new initiative, which aligns very nicely with NHGRI's mission to enhance K-12 genetics and genomics education nationally," said Vence L. Bonham, Jr., J.D., branch chief of NHGRI's Education and Community Involvement Branch in the Office of Policy, Communication and Education. "We envision that the next iteration of GeneEd will focus increasingly on areas such as cancer genomics and genomic medicine."
The site features research articles, animation, games, videos, interactive tutorials and labs and experiments that teachers can use to introduce topics, supplement existing materials and recommend to students conducting research. In addition, NHGRI's Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms has contributed 3D animations, professional illustrations, and definitions to provide the new website with vivid imagery and reinforce genetic concepts.
Text varies from easy-to-read to advanced reading levels, which makes this a versatile tool both in and out of the classroom. Specialty pages, including 'teacher resources' and 'labs and experiments', highlight tools teachers may find particularly helpful. Other specialty pages, such as 'careers in genetics' and 'highlights', introduce the new and noteworthy in the field of genetics.