Genomics and Its Impact on Medicine and Society: A 2001 Primer is a publication of the U.S. Department of Energy Human Genome Program. The main content is a primer entitled: Genomics and Its Impact on Science and Society: The Human Genome Project and Beyond (2003) (this appears to be an updated version). It is presented in several formats: HTML, Adobe Acrobat (both high and low resolution) and as a PowerPoint presentation. The site also contains links to current research, education, ethics, and medicine relating to the Human Genome Project (including gene testing, gene therapy, pharmecuticals, genetic counseling and diseases).
The goal of the site is to provide a comprehensive resource for current information regarding the Human Genome Project.
Target Student Population:
Advanced High School and all College levels.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic Biology and Chemistry
Type of Material:
Reference Resource with many links to external sites
For gathering research information, a starting point for research papers on the Human Genome Project, and a general understanding of the scope and implications of the Human Genome Project.
HTML, Web browser, Adobe Acrobat Reader, PowerPoint viewer
Evaluation and Observation
Well designed with current and accurate material.
Would serve as a decent reference for students interested in learning facts about the human genome.
Raises some interesting ethical questions about genomics research.
The site serves as an excellent resource for students studying most aspects of the Human Genome Project. The 2003 update contains current information obtained from this project.
Serves as a good initial source of information for current research topics, with links to working draft sequences and information on funding and training with respect to the Human Genome Project.
Contains excellent resources for ethical and moral discussions regarding the Human Genome Project, including links to Gene Testing, Gene Therapy, Pharmacogenomics, Genetic Counseling, and Disease Specific Information.
Very few graphics or charts to hold students interests, essentially an on line text.
A bit too broad for most students to really understand how the genome was sequenced, but a good "big picture" overview.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
A good supplement to a text or lecture.
Would be possible to write questions based upon material in tutorial.
The PowerPoint presentation might serve as a good 'introductory lecture' on the scope of the Human Genome Project. It is well-organized, and has enough graphical information and clear text to provide an effective presentation.
This would be an excellent resource to point students to for general information, as well as a good site to have students 'get a feeling' for all of the potential ramifications of the Human Genome Project.
It would be nice to link the text to some example problems or questions.
The text is a bit too "big picture" for students to really understand how the human genome was sequenced, or how this will impact medicine.
Specific examples of medical breakthroughs would greatly help student understanding and appreciation of this immense project.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Follows a logical flow, with a good index on the first page.
Very well-organized,with current links and large volumes of information.
I wish I had known about this site the last time I taught my Issues in Genetic Engineering class.