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DNA
DNA sequencing
Recombinant DNA
Genes
Gene expression
Genetic techniques
Cell cycle
Mitosis and meiosis
Developmental genetics
Patterns of inheritance
Bioinformatics
Genetics and ethics
Genetics and faith communities
Genetics and the law
General Education

DNA
DNA Detective (DNA profiling)genielogo.png

An activity that allows students to use DNA profiles and other forms of evidence to solve a fictional murder.


Resource: GENIE DNA Detective
Age range:  11-14 / 14-16 / 16-18
Approach: Problem-based learning

Mars Lander Eventgenielogo.png

This is an activity where students use computers and online DNA databases to find out whether there is life on Mars. The computer tutorial can be used as a stand-alone resource, or it can be combined into a much broader project encompassing physics, chemistry and biology.


Resource: GENIE Mars Lander Laboratory
Age range: 14-16 / 16-18
Approach: Laboratory practical, interactive tutorial

inside dna: A Genomic Revolution

Inside DNA was developed At-Bristol on behalf of Ecsite-uk, with funding from the Wellcome Trust and support from the Sanger Institute. The site provides a wealth of current news information, details about the Human Genome Project, tutorial information and teaching materials and links to other resources.


Resource: inside dna
Age range:  14-16 / 16-18
Approach: Topic material

DNA: Structure and Function

Learning modules on DNA structure and replication, plus a number of other topics in genetics, from Making the Modern World (the Science Museum). The modules contain topic material, activities and a range of media resources.


Resource: Making the Modern World website
Software: QuickTime
Age range: 14-16 / 16-18
Approach: Topic material

DNA50

Description: A range of online resources to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the structure of DNA, from The National Centre for Biotechnology Education at The University of Reading.


Resource: NCBE website
Age range:  14-16 / 16-18
Approach: Topic material

DNA interactive (DNAi)

Description: A range of online teaching materials and lesson plans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the structure of DNA, from the Dolan DNA Learning Center (DNALC) of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.


Resource: DNA Interactive website
Age range: 14-16 / 16-18
Approach: Topic material

DNA Modelling activity

Details of a two-dimensional model kit that can be used to teach DNA structure, replication and transcription developed by the European Initiative for Biotechnology Education.


Resource: EIBE website
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Modelling activity

DNA sequencing
Sanger sequencing technique

Dry-lab demonstration of Sanger di-deoxy sequencing of cloned DNA.


Resource: The National Health Museum website
Age range:  14-16 / 16-18
Approach: Simulated practicals

Recombinant DNA
Problem set on recombinant DNA technology

A set of MCQs on recombinant DNA technology, including brief explanations and linked tutorials, from the Biology Project at the University of Arizona.


Resource: The Biology Project
Age Range: 14-16/16-18
Approach: Games and quizzes, interactive tutorial

Genetic Engineering

A 3-D animation on YouTube illustrating the process of gene cloning.


Resource: Youtube: Genetic Engineering
Age Range:  14-16/16-18
Approach: Animation

Animated tutorials in General biology

Animated tutorials in general biology, including DNA Chip Technology, Meiosis and Mitosis and construction of a DNA library, from Sumanas Inc. Can be viewed a step-through animations or as narrated, continuous animations.


Resource: Sumanas Inc. General Biology
Age Range: 14-16/16-18
Approach: Animation

Animations and Quizzes for Gene technology

A set of ten animations from Biology by Raven et al. that outline the stages of genetic engineering.


Resource: Online Learning Centre: Gene Technology
Age Range:  14-16/16-18
Approach: Animation

Genetic Engineering Glossary List

Part of the Times Education Supplement (TES) Secondary Biology Collection. Table of key terminology related to genetic engineering for students to compile their own glossary. Designed to be put onto school network for students to print & use. To access this resource you are required to register with the TES; registration is free.


Resource: Genetic Engineering Glossary List
Age Range: 16-18
Approach: Interactive tutorial

Genes
Jumping Genes

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This is an activity where students get the chance to see the effects of genes jumping into other genes within the human genome and the resulting effects. It uses a combination of tiddlywinks, a poster and computers to find out how genes jump and what happens when they do.


Resource: GENIE Jumping Genes
Age range: 14-16 / 16-18
Approach: Laboratory practical, interactive tutorial

EU-Sol Tomato Seeds

Part of the Times Education Supplement (TES) Secondary Biology Collection.A free genetic resource for EU Schools. The aim is to reinforce theoretical learning of genetics: students can grow naturally occurring tomato seedlings in which genetic inheritance rules for the dominant/recessive characteristics can be detected. The resources have been translated into 6 languages. To access this resource you are required to register with the TES; registration is free.


Resource: EU-Sol Tomato Seeds- Free Genetic Resource
Age range: 14-16/16-18
Approach: Activity

Gene expression
What makes a firefly glow?

An animated example of transcription and translation from Learn.Genetics, the Genetic Science Learning Center of the University of Utah (US).


Resource: Learn Genetics website
Software: Macromedia Flash
Age range: 16-18
Approach: Animation
Animation of translation

An excellent animation on Youtube.This is made by the NDSU Virtual Cell Animations project. Please clickhere for more information.


Resource: Youtube
Age range: 11-14 / 14-16 / 16-18
Approach: Animation

Genetic techniques
Using a Micropipette (video)genielogo.png

An award-winning GENIE video introduction to the use of micropipettes in the laboratory for undergraduates and postgraduates. Total running time: 9 minutes.


Resource: GENIE Using a Micropipette
Watch the whole video
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Setting the Volume
Part 3: Pipette Tips
Part 4: Pipetting Volumes
Part 5: Common Things to Avoid
Age Range:  11-14/14-16/16-18
Approach: Video

Making and Running an Agarose Gel (video)genielogo.png

A GENIE video guide for students illustrating the processes involved in making and running agarose gels in the laboratory. Total running time: 13 minutes.


Resource: GENIE Running an Agarose Gel
Watch the whole video
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Preparing the Gel
Part 3: Pouring the Gel
Part 4: Putting the Gel into the Gel Tank
Part 5: Loading the Samples
Part 6: Running the Gel
Part 7: Visualising the Nucleic Acids
Part 8: Common Things to Avoid
Age Range:  16-18
Approach: Video

Running an Agarose Gel (video)genielogo.png

A video guide for students illustrating the processes involved in running agarose gels in the laboratory. This is a shorter version of the GENIE video 'Making and Running an Agarose Gel'. Total running time: 6 minutes.


Resource: GENIE Running an Agarose Gel
Watch the whole video
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Loading the Samples
Part 3: Running the Gel
Part 4: Visualising the Nucleic Acids
Part 5: Common Things to Avoid
Age Range: 14-16/16-18
Approach: Video

Alec Jeffreys 'Eureka Moments'

As part of the biochemical society's centenary celebrations, a number of the Society’s Honorary Members were asked to talk about the important moments in their careers and the future of the discipline. The third to be released is that of Alec Jeffreys who spoke to John Armour about the 'Golden Age of Genetics'.


Resource: Golden Age of Genetics
Age range: 14-16/16-18
Approach: Video

Dolly Mixturesgenielogo.png

This is a basic cloning practical where students make their own clone of Dolly the sheep using simulated sterile techniques.


Resource: GENIE Dolly Mixtures
Age range:  14-16 / 16-18
Approach: Laboratory practical, interactive tutorial

Animated Tutorials in Molecular Biology

Animated tutorials in molecular biology, including plasmid cloning, PCR and other genetic techniques, from Sumanas Inc. Can be viewed a step-through animations or as narrated, continuous animations.


Resource: Sumanas Inc: molecular biology
Age Range:  14-16/16-18
Approach: Animation

Animated Tutorial on Gel Electrophoresis

Animated tutorials on gel electrophoresis from Sumanas, Inc. Can be viewed as a step-through animation or as a narrated, continuous animation.


Resource: Sumanas Inc: gel electrophoresis
Age Range:  14-16/16-18
Approach: Animation

Learn.Genetics™

The Genetics Science Center from the University of Utah has produced and excellent resource which covers subjects in genetic technology, the basics of DNA, as well as more complex subjects, such as epigenetics. There is also a "Teacher Resources and Lesson Plans" section.


Resource: University of Utah: Learn.Genetics
Age Range: 14-16/16-18
Approach: Images, animations, games and quizzes, interactive tutorials

Human Genome Project (HGP)

Teaching material on the history of the HGP, mapping and sequencing techniques, and ethical, social and legal issues (ELSI), from the European Initiative for Biotechnology Education (EIBE). Includes background information, worksheets and experiments.


Resource: EIBE - The Human Genome Project website
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Topic material

World Health Organization's Genomic Resource Centre (GRC)

Educational resources and online tools for human genetics and genomics, including ethical, social and legal implications (ELSI).


Resource: The Genomic Resource Centre website
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Topic material

The Power of Comparative Genomics

This video discussing the use of genomics, a branch of genetics in which large stretches of DNA, ideally the entire chromosome(s) of an organism are studied.


Resource: The Power of Comparative Genomics
Age range: 14-16, 16-18
Approach: Video

Genomics and the Human Genome Project

Tutorials on genomics, the human genome project and the impact on society from the US Department of Energy. (Supported with PowerPoint presentations and available as PDFs.)


Resource: Genomics and its Impact on Science and Society website
Software: Acrobat, Microsoft PowerPoint
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Topic material

genome.gov (educational resources)

Educational resources for teachers and students from the genome.gov site of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) of the US National Institutes of Health.


Resource: National Human Genome Research Institute website
Age range:  14-16 / 16-18
Approach: Topic material

Genetics Education Center

Resources for educators interested in human genetics and the human genome project, from the University of Kansas Medical Center.


Resource: Genetics Education Center
Age range :16-18
Approach: Topic material

Cell cycle
Animation of the cell cycle

Interactive animation of cell cycle from Cells Alive. Can be watched as a whole or moved through step by step.


Resource: Cells Alive website
Age range: 11-14 / 14-16 / 16-18
Approach: Animation

Mitosis and meiosis
Animation of mitosis

Interactive animation of mitosis from Cells Alive. Can be watched as a whole or moved through step by step.


Resource: Cells Alive website
Age range: 11-14 / 14-16 / 16-18
Approach: Animation

Animation of Meiosis

Interactive animation of meiosis from Cells Alive. Can be watched as a whole or moved through step by step.


Resource: Cells Alive website
Age range: 11-14 / 14-16 / 16-18
Approach: Animation

Animations of mitosis and meiosis

A set of four animations from Biology by Raven et al. that outline the stages of meiosis; the unique features of meiosis; a comparison of meiosis and mitosis; and the generation of diversity through the random orientation of chromosomes during meiosis.


Resource: Online Learning Center website
Age range: 14-16 / 16-18
Approach: Animation

Mitosis Cut and Stick

Part of the Times Education Supplement (TES) Secondary Biology Collection. This is a review activity to sequence and label stages of mitosis; it also includes extension tasks. To access this resource you are required to register with the TES; registration is free.


Resource: Mitosis Cut and Stick
Age range: 16-18
Approach: Interactive Tutorial

The Differences between Mitosis and Meiosis

Part of the Times Education Supplement (TES) Secondary Biology Collection. A Short activity to compare and contrast these two types of cell division. To access this resource you are required to register with the TES; registration is free.


Resource: The differences between mitosis and meiosis
Age Range: 16-18
Approach: Activity

Making Reebops: a Model for Meiosis

Reebops are imaginary animals, made from marshmallows (or foam packing pieces). Their features are determined by the characteristics encoded in their chromosomes. Both parents are heterozygous for all their characteristics (except their sex).


Resource: Making Reebops
Age range: 11-14 / 14-16 / 16-18
Approach: Activity

Developmental genetics
Genes and the formation of the body pattern

Online tutorial on pattern formation and homeotic genes from Learn.Genetics, the Genetic Science Learning Center of the University of Utah (US).


Resource: Genes Determine Body Patterns website
Software: Macromedia Flash
Age range: 16-18
Approach: Topic material

Homeotic genes and evolution

Short video introducing homeotic genes and their role in evolution, from the PBS Evolution site.


Resource: Genetic Tool Kit website
Software: QuickTime or RealPlayer
Age range: 14-16 / 16-18
Approach: Video

Fossils, genes and embryos

Streamed video of an illustrated lecture exploring the genes that control development, and what the study of those genes can tell us about the evolutionary links between different organisms. The talk is given by Dr David Kingsley, as part of the 2007 Holiday Lectures on Science from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.


Resource: Fossils, Genes and Embryos website
Software: Windows Media Player or QuickTime
Age range: 16-18
Approach: Video

Patterns of inheritance
Mendelian Genetics (slide-show)

A 34-slide presentation covering Mendel's work and basic patterns of inheritance, with links to other online resources.


Resource: Slideshare website
Age range: 14-16 / 16-18
Approach: Topic material

Bioinformatics
Online Bioinformatics Tools

A set of simple bioinformatics tools for DNA database searches, statistical analyses and population modelling.


Resource: Bioservers website
Software: Java, Javascript
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Online tools

Gentics and ethics
Ethics and bioethics

This resource comprises a series of briefings and is part of the Bioethics Bytes website. This is the first in the series of briefings and was written by Chris Willmott (University of Leicester). It shows us how bioethics issues affect us all and how we hear about issues which fall into this category on a daily basis.


Resource: Bioethics Briefing No 1: Ethics and Bioethics in Education
Age range:  16-18
Approach:Topic Material

Genetically modified crops

This resource comprises a series of briefings and is part of the Bioethics Bytes website. This is the second in the series of briefings and was written by John Bryant (University of Exeter). It highlights the background in selective plant breeding over the centuries and then describes the more recent advances and the introduction of genetically modified crops.


Resource: Bioethics Briefing No 2: Crop plant genetic modification
Age range:  16-18
Approach:Topic Material

Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis

This resource comprises a series of briefings and is part of the Bioethics Bytes website. This is the third in the series of briefings and was written by Chris Willmott (University of Leicester). It covers the issues concerning assisted conception and "designer babies", which is a term which is often heard in the popular media.


Resource: Bioethics Briefing No 3: Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis
Age range:  16-18
Approach:Topic Material

Xenotransplantation

This resource comprises a series of briefings and is part of the Bioethics Bytes website. This is the fourth in the series of briefings and was written by Chris Willmott (University of Leicester). As human-to-human transplantation has become more and more successful, it has almost become a victim of its own success. There is a shortage of donor organs, and even with more government initiatives to change the organ donor register system, there will still be a shortfall. Would animal cells, organs and tissues be able to fill this gap?


Resource: Bioethics Briefing No 4: Xenotransplantation
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Topic Material

Stem cells

This resource comprises a series of briefings and is part of the Bioethics Bytes website. This is the fifth in the series of briefings and was written by John Bryant (University of Exeter). This briefing provides background on stem cell, the two different types of stem cells (adult and embryonic), and the ethics involved in using them.


Resource: Bioethics Briefing No 5:Stem Cells
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Topic Material

Issues at the end of life

This resource comprises a series of briefings and is part of the Bioethics Bytes website. This is the sixth and final one of the series of briefings and was jointly written by John Searle (South West Ministry Training Course) and John Bryant (University of Exeter). Should it be legal for doctors to actively participate in ending the lives of terminally ill patients? What are the concerns raised?


Resource: Bioethics Briefing No 6: Issues at the End of Life
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Topic Material

Science and the Ethics of Stem Cells

In March 2009 Dr Chris Willmott was interviewed by SuperSonic FM, a Leicester school radio station, as part of their National Science Week activities. This is a recording of the interview (27.5 minutes).


Resource: SuperSonic FM
Age range: 16-18
Approach: Audio

Protect Consumers from Gene Tests

A BBC news article where Dr Ainsley Newson, senior lecturer in biomedical ethics at the University of Bristol is interviewed and gives his opinions on the inherent dangers of being given your DNA sequence on a memory stick (dated Wednesday, 8 July 2009).


Resource: BBC News Article
Age range: 16-18
Approach: Topic Material

Top 60 Genetics Blogs

A list of links to genetics-related blogs world-wide. Topics covered include issues such as health, biotechnology, evolution and many more.


Resource: Top 60 Genetics Blogs
Age range: 16-18
Approach: Topic Material

BioethicsBytes

An online collection of multimedia resources to help with the teaching of bioethics, arranged by topic category.


Resource: BioethicsBytes website
Age range: 14-16 / 16-18
Approach: Topic material, videos, miscellaneous

The Ethics of Genetics

Wellcome Trust Site with news, features and background information.


Resource: The Wellcome Trust:  Ethics of Genetics
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Topic Material, videos, miscellaneous

The Genetic Alliance UK

Formally known as the Genetic Interest Group (GIG), Genetic Alliance UK is a national alliance of patient organisations with a membership of over 180 charities which support children, families and individuals affected by genetic disorders.


Resource: The Genetic Alliance UK
Age range: 16-18
Approach: Topic Material, videos, miscellaneous

Topical Information and Resources

This is brought to you by The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity and bioethics.com. The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity exists to help individuals and organizations address the pressing bioethical challenges of today, including managed care, end-of-life treatment, genetic intervention, euthanasia and suicide, and reproductive technologies. bioethics.com is a global information source on bioethics news and issues.


Resource: Topical Information and Resources
Age range: 16-18
Approach: Topic Material

Pigs offer new stem cell source

BBC news article about Chinese scientists who have given cells from adult pigs the ability to turn into any tissue in the body, just like embryonic stem cells (dated Wednesday, 3 June 2009).


Resource: BBC News
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Topic Material

Scientists make sperm cells

BBC news article about UK scientists who claim to have made human sperm from stem cells. They foresee a possible use in treatment on male infertility (dated Tuesday, 7 July 2009).


Resource: BBC News
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Topic Material

Use of model organisms in research

A series of videos discussing the use of organisms such as yeast and fruit flies to improve our understanding of human disease.


Resources: Age range:  14-16, 16-18
Approach: Video

Headline Bioethics

Headline Bioethics is a resource that contains background information and structured activities based on online video clips, to enable busy lecturers and school teachers to address the science and ethical implications of new developments in biology and biomedicine. There are two study guides in this series:

  • Genetic Modification of Food
  • Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis
Resource: Headline Bioethics
Approach: Tutorial activity

BioethicsBytes: Forensic uses of DNA

This 5 minute video looks at a fictional murder in Leicester and reflects on some of the ethical arguments for and against the use of DNA evidence in such cases. It includes an interview with Prof Sir Alec Jeffreys, inventor of the original method for DNA fingerprinting.


Resource: Forensic uses of DNA
Approach: Video

Genetics and faith communities
A point of view

A BBC overview discussing the gap between science and religion.


Resource: BBC Website: Magazine
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Topic material

Religion and Ethics: Christianity and Creationism

A BBC overview providing information about Creationism and Intelligent Design.


Resource: BBC Website:  Religion
Age range: 16-18
Approach: Topic material

Religions of the world

A BBC website providing information about the belief structures of the main world religions.


Resource: BBC Website
Age range: 16-18
Approach: Topic Material

Counterbalance: Where does the church stand?

A BBC website providing information about the belief structures of the main world religions.


Resource: Counterbalance:  Genetics and Ethics
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Topic Material, videos, miscellaneous

Religion may influence doctors' end-of-life care

BBC News Article - dated 26 August 2010.


Resource: BBC Health Pages
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Topic Material

Genetics and the law
Policy and Regulation

The Public Health Genetics Foundation page on the ethical, legal and social issues arising from advances in genetic technologies.


Resource: Policy and Regulation
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Topic Material

Time limits on innocent DNA data

BBC news article dated 7 May 2009.


Resource: BBC Website
Age range: 16-18
Approach: Topic Material, related internet links

The UK Police National DNA Database

GeneWatch has many concerns about the Police National DNA Database. This article covers issues about changes in the law to make the Database much smaller and more carefully controlled.


Resource: GeneWatch UK
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Topic Material, related internet links

EuroStemCell

Description: An excellent website containing information about stem cells, their use and latest legislation, along with links to other resources.


Resource: EuroStemCell
Age range: 16-18
Approach: Topic Material, related internet links

An International Consortium on Stem Cells, Ethics and Law

The Hinxton Group website is a clearing house, facilitating communication among scientists, policymakers, journal editors and the public about international scientific collaboration in the area of stem cell research.


Resource: The Hinxton Group
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Topic Material, related internet links

Obama ends stem cell funding ban

BBC news article about President Obama ending the US ban on funding for the creation of new stem cell lines for scientific research (dated Monday, 9 March 2009).


Resource: BBC Website
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Topic Material, related internet links

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is the UK's independent regulator overseeing the use of gametes and embryos in fertility treatment and research.


Resource: The HFEA
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Topic Material, related internet links

General Education
Education CPD+

Education CPD+ provides professional development for those involved in science education


Resource: Education CPD+
Age range: 7-10/ 11-14/ 14-16/ 16-18
Approach: Training

Top Marks! Educational Search Engine

A resource for finding teaching resources, homework help and educational websites for use in the classroom.


Resource: Top Marks!
Age range: 7-10/11-14/ 14-16/ 16-18
Approach: Topic material

American Society of Human Genetics

Genetics education for high school, 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 Education
Age range: 7-10/ 11-14/ 14-16/ 16-18
Approach: Topic material

Genetic Resources for Schools and Students

Resources developed by the Institute of Biology to improve the understanding of human genetics in schools from Key Stage 2 upwards, UK.


Resource: Institute of Biology
Age range: 7-10/ 11-14/ 14-16/ 16-18
Approach: Topic material

Genomics Education Partnership (GEP)

Learning community of school teachers, scientists and genetics professionals, Washington, USA.


Resource: Genomics Education Partnership
Age range: 7-10/ 11-14/ 14-16/ 16-18
Approach: Topic material

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