Gene U: Genetics and Inheritance
The domestic dog is an important model species for understanding complex genetic traits.
The fields of genetics and genomics are evolving rapidly and yielding exciting discoveries almost every day. Baylor College of Medicine’s Gene YouSM project is creating and testing science and health curricular resources designed to introduce these subjects to middle and early high school teachers and students. Gene You covers topics such as the importance of family history in understanding disease risk, significance and genetic variability of the microorganisms on and within our bodies (human microbiome), and other emerging areas of research.
Content linked below includes a wide variety of genetics/genomics-based resources for educators, including complete undergraduate courses (available for professional development contact hours), video and slide presentations, and related materials for use in your classroom.
Gene U is funded by the Science Education Partnership Award program Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health. Development of the Genes, Health and Society courses were funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Complex Traits Guide for Teachers
Students use the domestic dog as a model to learn about genetics, mutations, phenotypes genetic mutations related to desirable characteristics and harmful effects in certain dog breeds. (6 activities)
Genome Stories Guide for Teachers
Students learn how to work with a model organism, C. elegans, and come to understand the importance of using model organisms in scientific and medical research. (6 activities)
Introduction to the Microbiome Guide for Teachers
Students explore the human microbiome through scientific articles, in-depth and hands-on activites, and by answering thought-provoking questions. (6 activities)
Genes, Health and Society
This comprehensive course explores genetics and genomics in three discrete modules: Transmission Genetics, The Nature of Genetic Material, and Medical Genetics and Genomics.
(20 contact hours per module)
An Introduction to Genes and Inherited Traits
Explore background information about genes and physical characteristics of offspring to help when introducing students to heredity and inheritable traits.
(3 contact hours)
Seminal Experiments in Genetics
Examine 15 discoveries that advanced our knowledge of genetics over the past 150 years, leading to a greater understanding of how traits are passed from generation to generation.
(6 contact hours)
Key Advances in Genetics
Learn about key advances in genetics over the last two decades, and examine the fields of proteomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics and behavioral genomics.
(6 contact hours)
Free, downloadable classroom lessons for teaching your students about heredity, genetics and genomics.
X or Y: Does It Make a Difference?
In this classroom activity, students learn and explain the significance of differences in X and Y chromosomes in the human genome.View this lesson Download PDF Video Digital Slide Set
The “Reebops” lesson demonstrates, and helps students to understand, how genetic composition leads to both similarities and variation among members of the same species.
Explore BioEd Online’s library of videos and peer-reviewed, annotated slides related to genetics and genomics. All are free for classroom use.
A 3D Map of the Human Genome
The human genome is two meters long but fits inside the microscopic nucleus of a cell. The genome also modulates the function of each cell, so that the cells operate differently. What makes this happen? Suhas Rao and Miriam Huntley of the Aiden Lab describe a 3D map of the human genome at kilobase resolution, revealing the principles of chromatin looping.
How Does DNA Fold? The Loop Extrusion Model
The human genome is two meters long, but it fits inside the microscopic nucleus of a cell. How is this possible? Research conducted in the Aiden Lab at Baylor College of Medicine suggests that the genome achieves this feat by forming loops and domains through a process called extrusion.
Evenings with Genetics
This series of 10 seminars offers families, teachers and health care providers current information on care, education and research related to a variety of genetic conditions.
Overview of the history of biological evolutionary theory, including key discoveries and leading scientists.
Discover what determines inherited traits, examine Mendelian genetics and learn about pedigrees.Video Digital Slide Set
Modes of Speciation
The study of speciation (formation of new species) can be envisioned as an investigation of how populations evolve genetic distinctiveness and become reproductively separate. View this slide set to learn more.
What are genetics and genomics? In this series, research scientists explain how they unravel secrets of our genetic heritage. They also discuss advances in/applications of genomic medicine.Video Digital Slide Set
Species Concepts and Reproductive Isolating Barriers
What is a “species,” and how do scientists determine which organisms to group together? This slide set explains scientific debates and processes related to the identification of different species.
Stem Cells and Cloning
Joseph G. Marx, PhD, discusses the cloning process, types and functions of stem cells, medical possibilities of stem cell research, and controversies surrounding this field.Video Digital Slide Set
The Structure of Cells
Each cell, whether prokaryotic or eukarotic, contains a structural, functional and biological purpose. Discover more about the structure of cells.
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Supplemental resources for enriching your students' understanding of genetics and genomics.
Embryonic Stem Cells
To understand the stem cell debate, it is important to know what stem cells are and the types of research for which they are used. Learn more about this important issue, and the efforts being made to advance the possibilities of stem cell research.
Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms
The National Human Genome Research Institute created the Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms to help everyone understand the terms and concepts used in genetic research.
New Hope for Fading Memories
It is estimated that Alzheimer's affects as many as five million Americans, and 26 million people worldwide. Learn about its causes, symptoms, and work being done to better understand and combat this disease.
Student magazine: Articles focusing on alcohol, how it is used in food production, family and social pressures, current technology that measures BAC. Feature article: “The Genetics of Alcoholism.”