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Link D source code Monty Python's Dead Parrot Skit (scientific method)
Link RNAi
How a wayward petunia leads to the Nobel prize-winning discovery of RNA interference.
Link How to clone a Sheep (stem cells and reproductive cloning)
The story of Dolly. Very funny, and informative too :-)
Link x-conference/x-cooltalk A Tale of Two Mice (epigenetics)
Why two identical twins may look nothing like one another.
Link Sexual Cannibalism in Australian Redback Spiders
Illustrating the ultimate in selfish genes... Male Australian redback spiders have only one shot to mate successfully and pass on their DNA to the next generation. In this video, you can see how a male spider starts to mate with the much larger female, and how he somersaults his abdomen onto the female's jaws. The female begins to eat the male while mating is completed. What the Dickens is the male thinking? Because mating continues longer and is more successful when the male allows himself to be eaten, and because females are less likely to accept a second suitor when full, it appears the dead male wins when it comes to passing on his genes to the next generation.
Link PS document Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes - Pathway Maps
A series of comprehensive metabolic maps, and maps showing involvement of proteins (gene products) in various processes such as DNA replication, gene expression, cancer, cell growth and death, organ system function etc.
Link Your Favorite Gene
Get information about your favorite gene. Search by gene, gene symbol, disease, tissue, or pathway.
Link Troff document Human Epigenome Project
A public/private consortium of scientists engaged in identifying human genome-wide methylation patterns. These methylation patterns are through to play a major role in human disease; patterns are heritable and may affect the phenotype, yet do not involve changes in DNA sequence.
Link Troff document Human Epigenome Project
A public/private consortium of scientists engaged in identifying human genome-wide methylation patterns. These methylation patterns are through to play a major role in human disease; patterns are heritable and may affect the phenotype, yet do not involve changes in DNA sequence.
Link Troff document International HapMap Project
A multi-country effort to find and catlog genetic differences and similarities among people.
Link Genetics in Context: A Comparative Timeline
Shows what else was going on in the world at the time of major genetic discoveries. With links to actual historic papers.
Link VCS/ICS calendar CDC: Genetics & Genomics
On the uses and impact of genomics on human health.
Link Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Gateway to HHMI's award-winning Biointeractive site (http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive) with virtual experiments, animations, webcasts and more. Also includes an ask-the-scientist section, and cool experiments for K-4 kids. Check out their catalog of FREE DVDs of their famous annual Holiday Lectures for high school students.
Link DNA from the Beginning
A sister site of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. An animated primer on the basics of DNA, genes, and heredity. Contains animations, video interviews, and sample interactive problems for just abut any concept in genetics. Very basic. A good place to start learning genetics.
Link DNAi.org
AWESOME site from the famous Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Includes everything you always wanted to know about genetics, and then some. Very interactive. Video interviews with the original scientists who discovered the techniques they are talking about. Be sure to click on the links on the left side of the page. Whole section on cancer. Tour of the Genentech Herceptin facilities. BEST explanation of FBI fingerprinting ANYWHERE (click on applications > Human Identification > profiling > today's DNA profile = 3rd button from the left - the one with the blue background and squiggly lines).
Link C header Genetics Science Learning Center at the University of Utah
Easy-to-read genetics/biotechnology information designed to "help people understand how genetics affects their lives and society". Be sure to check out their biotechniques virtual labs on gel electrophoresis, DNA extraction, and DNA microarrays. I also recommend the section on "The Basics and Beyond", the do-it-yourself genetics research, and the genetic disorders library.
Link Troff document Human Genome Project
Official site of the Human Genome Research Institute of the NIH (National Institutes of health). These are the people that led the HGP (Human Genome Project). Includes genetics fact sheets, talking glossary, genetics and the law, and ethics. Lots of educational resources on genomics, including animations.
Link European Molecular Biology Laboratory
The - older - European version of the NCBI. Home of the EBI (European Bioinformatics Institute) at http://www.ebi.ac.uk. Good place to start looking for European science policy. The EBI site also includes FlyBase with ImageBrowse, so you can see what mutations look like.
Link National Center for Biotechnology Information
Home of Entrez, THE American gateway to all the major databases of DNA, RNA, and protein sequences, genomes, Mendelian Genetics info (OMIM), STSs, SNPs, etc., etc., etc... Also houses bioinformatics tools such as BLAST (Basic Local Alignment Sequence Tool), so you can work with the data you retrieve. Unbelievably vast and interlinked, including to literature databases such as PubMed. Be sure to check out the "Bookshelf" of biomedical books which can be accessed FREE online. For those of you budding Biochemists, it even includes Stryer's Biochemistry text! Also take a look at "Coffee Break" with fun, short science articles, and "Genes and Diseases".
Link Ask a Librarian
The online librarians can help you with: •finding sources of information for a paper or presentation •citing your sources properly so that you don’t plagiarize accidentally •finding excellent articles by using the HCC Library databases from home and more