EDUCATION: Genetics Made Clear

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Science  03 Jun 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5727, pp. 1387
DOI: 10.1126/science.308.5727.1387c

From stem cells to gene chips, from prions to cloning, genetics and biotechnology can look forbiddingly complex to high school and lower-division college students. Beginners can ease into these subjects at the Genetic Science Learning Center, a graphics-rich tutorial from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Primers step through topics from DNA structure to the different types of stem cells; compared to embryonic stem cells, those from adults so far can't seem to form the same range of tissues. Animations illustrate techniques such as microarray analysis and investigate questions such as how cystic fibrosis upsets the ion balance in lung cells.

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