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Deciphering the Genetic Code

Starting in the late 1950s, a number of scientists around the world began to map the method by which DNA is translated into proteins. Working with his colleagues at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Marshall Nirenberg solved this conundrum in 1961. This exhibit from the NIH looks into the career of Marshall Nirenberg, along with providing details about the scientific instruments he used to complete this discovery. The exhibit is divided into six sections, including "Scientific Instruments", "Biographies", and "History". The "History" area provides details on the emergence of the modern field of genetics, complete with illustrations and work done by Nirenberg's intellectual predecessors. The "Scientific Instruments" area is a real treat, as it features photographs of elaborate instruments donated by Nirenberg. The site also contains a glossary and a selection of recommended links.

Resource: NIH.  Deciphering the Genetic Code
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DNA Simulation

An interactive animation of DNA structure, part of a wider animated tutorial on DNA structure by Eric Martz which contains lesson plans and self-assessment questions.

Resource: University of Massachusetts: DNA simulation
Approach: Simulations

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A GENIE tutorial in which students analyse the structure of DNA using Molymod Molecular Models.

Resource: GENIE DNA structure
Approach: Group work

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A GENIE tutorial allowing students to revise the process of DNA replication and the components required to perform the dideoxy (Sanger) method for DNA sequencing.

Resource: GENIE DNA Sequencing
Approach: Group Work

Genetics in General


Hosted by natureEducation, this is a collaborative learning space for science undergraduates. It contains articles, topic rooms and groups, all of which are related to key topics in genetics.

Resource: Scitable
Approach: Topic material

American Society of Human Genetics
Genetics education for K-16 (UG/PG) students and teachers, future genetics professionals and the public, from the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) and the Genetics Society of America (GSA), USA.
Resource: ASGH.org
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The GENE Project

Teachers and research scientists adapting research organisms and laboratory techniques for use in the classroom to teach a wide variety of concepts and questions, Kansas State University, USA.

Resource: The GENE Project
Approach: Topic material


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