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New NLM Genetics Education Resource–GeneEd!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the release of a new educational resource, GeneEd. Developed in collaboration with the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), and with teachers and experts in genetics and genetic counseling, GeneEd is a useful resource of trusted information, designed to help students and teachers in grades 9 – 12 learn about genetics.

GeneEd allows students and teachers to explore topics such as Cell Biology, DNA, Genes, Chromosomes, Heredity/Inheritance Patterns, Epigenetics/Inheritance and the Environment, Genetic Conditions, Evolution, Biostatistics, Biotechnology, DNA Forensics, and Top Issues in Genetics.

Screen capture of the GeneEd home page

Teachers can use the site to introduce topics, supplement existing materials, and provide a reliable source to students conducting research. The site links to categories such as research articles, animation, games, videos, interactive tutorials, and labs and experiments. 3D images, illustrations, and text from the National Human Genome Research Institute help enrich the user experience, by providing vivid imagery to reinforce genetic concepts. Text varies from easy-to-read to advanced reading levels, making this a versatile tool both in and out of the classroom.

Specialty pages, including Teacher Resources and Labs and Experiments, feature tools which teachers may find particularly helpful. Other specialty pages, such as Highlights and Careers in Genetics, allow students to see what is new and noteworthy in the field of Genetics and provide links to careers related to the science of Genetics. GeneEd provides a safe and useful resource for students and teachers in grades 9 – 12 to learn genetics.

To stay up-to-date with all NLM K-12 resources, subscribe to the K12NLMRESOURCES listserv by filling out the web form provided on the site. You can also “Follow” NLM’s Specialized Information Services Division on Twitter.

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