Saturday, August 06, 2005

The Dolan DNA Learning Center

The Dolan DNA Learning Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has put together a series of web sites that teaches everything you'd like to know about, well, DNA, from the basics of DNA structure and genetics, to modern forensics and health.

DNA From the Beginning is an animated primer that teaches the basics of classical genetics, the molecules of genetics (DNA), and genetic organization and control using animation, audio, and video to illustrate the concepts.

DNA Interactive modules include:
- The DNA Code
- Methods of DNA Manipulation - techniques essential to current biology research and the biotechnology industry.
- The Human Genome Project
- Applications (use of DNA technology for solving historical mysteries (identifying the Romanovs), medicine and understanding human origins)
- The Past Failings of Eugenics and use of Genomic Information in the Future

Related web sites demonstrate the practical use of DNA analysis:
-Your Genes Your Health
-Genetic Origins (study of human evolution)
-Archive on the American Eugenics Movement
- "Inside Cancer" and "Greenomes" (plant genetics) are coming soon

Worth browsing if you are interested in modern experimental biology and medicine.

(Requires Flash and QuickTime)

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