EXHIBIT: Genetics for the Masses

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Science  20 Jun 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5627, pp. 1855
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5627.1855d

The new Web exhibit “A Revolution in Progress” explains how genetics is transforming medicine. Although aimed at the general public, the National Institutes of Health site could also serve as an introduction to the subject for high school bio students. Simple overviews tackle basic inheritance, genetic engineering, gene therapy, the human genome project, and other subjects. Case studies examine the discovery of genes for diseases such as breast cancer and cystic fibrosis. The site also delves into some of the sticky ethical problems raised by genetic research, such as who will have access to gene therapy.


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