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View Resource In Sickness and in Health: A Trip to the Genetic Counselor

This case study examines genetic diseases. Students will use the example given to understand the rules governing the inheritance of single gene dominant, recessive, and sex-linked disorders and be able to apply them to analyze simple genetics problems. It could be used in high school or undergraduate coursework. The case study and teaching notes may be downloaded in PDF format. The site also...

View Resource Birth Defects Research For Children

The organization, Birth Defects Research For Children, was founded by the parents of a child who was born with defects due to a medication taken by the mother when she was pregnant. The goals of this organization and its complementary website are to learn the causes of preventable birth defects and to educate parents about their children's birth defects, such as by matching parents up with other...

View Resource Learn About Spinal Muscular Atrophy

What is spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)? It is an inherited disease that affects approximately 1 in 10,000 infants born in the United States each year. There are four types of SMA, which can cause the muscles to function improperly and become smaller and weaker over time. Visitors to this site, which was created by researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, should start their journey here by...

View Resource Genetics Home Reference: Your Guide to Understanding Genetic Conditions

The Genetic Home Reference, offered through the National Library of Medicine, offers easy-to-understand "consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes responsible for those conditions." The site consists of four main sections: 1) summaries of genetic conditions including symptoms, treatment options, patterns of inheritance, and other important information; 2) summary information for...

View Resource National Human Genome Research Institute

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has many accolades to its credit, not the least being their work on sequencing the human genome. They have made substantial contributions to every sector of genomic research since their founding in 1989, and their website is one that will be very useful to researchers looking for grant opportunities, medical professionals, and members of the...

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