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Useful Websites


by Dr Jamie Love © 2002 - 2010
Genetics Course

There are a large number of genetics websites out there so I am not going to give you an extensive list. That would only distract you from your studies. (You can always "goggle" as you like and explore.) Indeed, I am trying to keep the list small by choosing only the most relevant and useful websites and I've avoided those requiring special software (such as shockwave).

    My recommended websites ...
  1. reinforce your specific lessons.
  2. are useful throughout this course or anytime after.
  3. provide additional information for the curious or those wishing a more advanced explanation.
Please read the descriptions I provide in order to understand what to expect and to get the most out of these websites. By the way, these websites are NOT under my control. They are/were as described below but I accept no responsibility if they change or disappear. You MUST BE ONLINE to visit websites (obviously).

DURING our course

Leap over to the Genetics Science Learning Center from the University of Utah. Some students might complain it's a little "childish" but I think it's fun! Here you will find information that reinforces our lessons as well as advanced materials that you will find fascinating. Don't try to "do" this entire website all at once. There is a lot here including interactive "experiments", demonstrations and even some hands on "lab experiments" you might want to try. Visit it, bookmark it and enjoy it throughout our course.

Cytogenetics

To fully appreciate most of cell and nuclear division you really need better images than I can produce. Cells Alive is the best place on the web to find images of cells in action. The website sells a CD that I have not seen (so cannot recommend) but the free stuff is fantastic! I suggest that you go to this site before starting our lessons in cytogenetics - get familiar with Cells Alive. Then visit it during our cytogenetics lessons in order to better understand what I am teaching you.

After you have completed our lessons in cytogenetics, you might want to learn more about chromosomes and karyotypes. The University of Washington's Department of Pathology has a Cytogenetic Gallery that should satisfy your curiosity. Return to this website as you study more advanced parts of our course such (sex determination, chromosome abnormalities and especially the Medical Genetics portion of our course).

Mendelian Genetics

Brother Gregory Investigates uses a "story book" touch to teach Mendelian Genetics from the master himself - Mendel! (Or so you might think.) This clever, well-written and educational website will reinforce basic ideas that I teach so it is best used during this portion of our course. Enjoy the plant hybridization simulation (that uses javascript in a pop-up window) where you can do your own experiments!

Advanced Genetics

There is no easy way to learn Hardy-Weinberg calculations and, yes, there are programs that will do it for you - but you should be able to do all the calculations on your own!
However, after learning the H-W calculations (and exceptions to the H-W rules), you might enjoy Hardy Weinberg's Genetic Models where you will find a brief review of what you learned and a wonderful pop-up simulation (but you might need a new plugin if your system is old). First test to see if it is true that, with no selection pressure, the gene frequencies are unchanged (for a hundred generations). Then, alter the selection factors and watch how the gene frequencies change over the generations. How "nasty" must the selection be in order to eliminate the bad allele in 10 generations? How about 80 generations? (Note: this program only allows you to alter selection pressure and ignores new mutations, migration, etc.) Enjoy this simulation of population genetics in evolution.

After the lessons, cat lovers will find Cats of a Different Color very interesting and you can download the FREE "Feline Genetics Primer" starting at the page Phenotype Predictor for Cats. Dog lovers can get the FREE "Canine Genetics Primer". [There is a brief "sign up" to collect each download. The company, Tenset Technologies Ltd, wants you to buy the complete version.]

Molecular Genetics

During our lessons in Molecular Genetics you will enjoy A Science Primer hosted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Here you will also find advanced information about "specialties" in biotechnology that I have not taught you - so you should also visit this site after our course.
The Primer on Molecular Genetics from the U.S. Department of Energy is a great resource to check out during and after our lessons (to learn more).

Medical Genetics (Notes)

After (or maybe during) the Medical Genetics section of our course you will want to explore the Gene Map of the Human Genome. The opening page links to detailed information about the human genome and its disorders. This is a fascinating website for anyone interested in Medical Genetics so have a look at it.
Genes and Disease also has a map of gene disorders but it is arranged better and you are more likely to spend a lot a time here - so I suggest that you explore it after you have completed our lessons. It has a lot of information and will teach you everything else there is to know about Medical Genetics!

Information about genetic counseling (including how to become a counselor and the career opportunities) can be found at the Human Genome Project's Genetic Counseling website.
You can learn about certification from the American Board of Genetic Counseling website but for a more global view go to Genetic Counseling Programs.

AFTER our course - check out these websites!

Human Molecular Genetics 2 is a complete course on "Human Molecular Genetics" (well named). You will find the first few chapters redundant (because I already taught them) but the rest of this website is full of advanced genetics providing detailed information.

Return to the Genetics Home Page.


Principles of Genetics is copyright protected, is the sole property of the author (Dr Jamie Love © 2002 - 2010) and is sold exclusively by Merlin Science. Any form of reproduction by any media is strictly forbidden.
In this sample, only about a quarter of the course is available. The remaining sections are included in the complete hypertextbook, which does not have the advertisements displayed here in this sample. To learn more about the course and hypertextbook, visit the Principles of Genetics website.