Want to learn more about genetics but not sure where to begin? Here are a few free, public resources to get you started whether you are a middle school student or an adult simply curious about genetics. Everyone is a student at heart and many are curious about how genetics works!
Learn.Genetics features engaging educational tools in genetics, human health, cell biology, and other related fields. The site offers virtual labs (DNA Extraction), exploratory videos, and webpages. A couple of our favorite interactive modules are Make A Karyotype, Build a DNA Molecule, Transcribe and Translate a Gene, The Outcome of Mutation, and Gene Control.
AboutGeneticCounselors.com, recently launched by the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC), is a resource about the Genetic Counseling profession. The site breaks down the top FAQs such as what a genetic counselor is, how they can help patients, and how much genetic counseling costs. The student section of the website includes simulated genetic counseling sessions in the areas of cancer and prenatal. Another new NSGC site is FindAGeneticCounselor.com to help patients locate a genetic counselor in their area or for students to connect with nearby genetic counselors for shadowing opportunities.
DNA Today is a weekly radio show and podcast that educates the public about genetic and health topics through event coverage, news stories and interviews. Listen to conversations with genetic counselors, researchers, patient advocates and professors in the field of genetics. Episodes are geared towards students and have recently discussed CRISPR, genetic counseling, hereditary cancer, patient advocacy, biotech companies, rare diseases, and bioethics.
National Organization of Rare Disorders (NORD) is the rare disorder hub with a disease database and action network. NORD offers a free Student Membership, providing special quarterly newsletters specifically for students. As with most websites, the FAQs are often the best place to start.
There are countless, accessible resources online to learn and explore genetics. We can’t list all of them but here are a few more you can delve into...