DNA from the Beginning
DNA from the Beginning is an animated tutorial on DNA, genes and heredity. The science behind each concept is explained using animations related to DNA topics, an image gallery, video interviews, problems, biographies, and links related to DNA. There are three sections, Classical Genetics, Molecules of Genetics and Organization of Genetic Material. Key features are the clear explanations of classical experiments and the excellent photographs of researchers and their labs.
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John Colicelli (Faculty)
This is an well organized and easy to navigate collection of lessons on genes, genomes and genetics. The quality of the text and figures is high, and there were easy links to a glossary.
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This material has a clear structure, is easy to navigate and is cut in slices which are easy to learn. It offers a wide variety of media and has for any learning style and learning level something to offer. Great Job!
Arnie Schoenberg (Faculty)
The Problem section in each concept is excellent. I will try to rework many of these as online quizzes for my class.
Personally, I think the apology for their role in the eugenics movement could be stronger.
Chris Sorensen (Faculty)
This resource offers a nice mix of text, images, animations, and videos. I could see this being a very nice supplemental resouce to help students reinforce what they are learning in the classroom.
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Daniel MacDevitt (Teacher (K-12))
Almost too much information. That's a good thing!
Jim Bidlack (Faculty)
This site does a good job for learning about DNA from the beginning.
This site requires java.
Lisa Shaffer (Student)
This is a great resource for learning genetics. Love the different levels of learning and how you can tailor the lessons based on what you are currently learning in the classroom
Catherine Clendenin Schwartz (Faculty)
There is a lot of information on this site, from reading materiasl to videos, animations, and supplementary links. The information is clear and easy to understand. Just about any topic that you would want to cover in class concerning DNA and genetics is covered here, along with some extra interesting information.
The videos and the animations both played on the school computers, which isn't always the case.
Dennis Frisby (Faculty)
This is a great website and I plan on using it in some of my future courses.
Biwedeou Magnan (Student)
I think this website is a great tool when it comes to introduicing the notion of genetics in middle or high school level. I particularly found interesting the various animations the use which is appropriate for middle school students. They also have practice problems for each concepts they introduce which is great to nail down the concept learned. As a teacher, this website will help me a lot in teaching Genetics and the notion of DNA which is sometime very abstract for younger kids to grasp.
Francesca Catalano (Administrator)
This is a very useful site for a gen ed biology course.
Anil Kapoor (Faculty)
wow great videos!! I have included them in my into to biology class
Denia Perez Guzman (Faculty)
Para profesores de enseñanza basica y media ecelente material, contiene los principios basicos de la herencia, ayuda a comprender la naturaleza del material genetico
javier tobar araya (Faculty)
Sirve para comparar la reproducción sexual tanto en vegetales como animales, donde gracias a las presentaciones existe una reproducción clara y precisa de como se comporta el material genetico en dichas reproducciones. facilitando el entendimiento de la información.
Liliana Soledad Rivera lersundi (Faculty)
Me parece un excelente material, que incorpora información muy fácil de manejar y entender tando para el docente como para el alumno ya que integra desde la historia de esta ciencia y sus interrelaciones con otras ciencias hasta su aplicación en la actualidad en las terapias moleculares. Además abarca aspectos diversos incorporando las experiencia en el área vegetal (Genética Mendeliana) hasta los cromosomas (Watson y Crick).
Me resulta un material muy pertinente para ser utilizado en el aula pues es muy didactico, con información simple y muy clara, facil de usar y de calidad ya que presenta imágenes pertinentes y atractivas
Albert Russell (Faculty)
All I can say is wow. I am not a biologist but this made understanding DNA very easy for me. I will recommend this to my students that are also enrolled in genetics.
Vimlarani Chopra (Faculty)
This was an interesting collection of animations that will be very useful for their use in the classroom. It clearly explains the concept why DNA is an important macromolecule for all living systems, which clearly serves as an example of unity in diversity. DNA topics, an image gallery, video interviews, photographs, problems, biographies, and links related to DNA are exemplary. There are three sections, Classical Genetics, Molecules of Genetics and Organization of Genetic Material. Classical experiments are well explained.
I enjoyed going through the animations and would like to insert some of my own in future.
Lynn Middleton (Faculty)
I will use this material when we get to the genetics portion of the class. I think it will help the students to visualize some of the processes we talk about.
Samantha Harding (Faculty)
I find this clear, easy to follow and interesting. I will definitely incorporate this into my next genetics module
Sometimes difficult to navigate simply because of the wealth of choices.
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be a great aid in a high school biology class or at the college level. i
thought that the set up of the website, makes it easy to find what you are
looking for in genetics, DNA, or general questions. The graphics make it very
easy to understand the piont of the animation.
Desiree Allyn (Student)
device for novice and expert alike.
Salvador Sanchez (Faculty)
It is as good as it is even "addictive": you can not stop learning.
The content is very well organized and it is very easy to use it.
very very minor fault, and based in my personal opinion).
angela landsman (Student)
join merlot and to review three websites and pick my favorite. This was my
I feel this website was of the highest quality. It provided a vast array of
information in an enjoyable manner. The webpages were setup in such a way that
you don't realize how much you are learning until you have completed the
"lesson". I am currently taking a genetics course at South Dakota State
University, and we have or are currently covering many of these topics. I found
it much more effective to "view" the experiments rather than merely hear about
them. The videos and sound were excellent and I appreciated the animation
allowing me to move at my own pace. I was not forced to move through too
quickly, or drug along for a long ride.
I believe this site would be beneficial to any student who learns well by seeing
and hearing the topic in pictures and sound simultaneously.
I found this site to be extremely easy to navigate. The side menu options are
always the best way to go. I appreciated being able to select the next topic
quickly. I also thought the tabs on the bottom of the page which allowed the
selection of different functions without using the "back" button were efficient.
JoDale Ales (Faculty)
I reviewed this site for about an hour initially, then returned to it to plan
how to use it in my general biology classes. I plan to use it in March.
Quality of Content: Comprehensive, accurate
information from classical genetics to today?s advances in molecular genetics.
The credibility of the source, the DNA Learning Lab at Cold Spring Harbor Lab,
insures that learner that the information is ?first hand? and accurate. Much of
the content is presented by the actual researchers (primary sources) and
realism of day-to-day lab research conducted by real people. Wonderful
historical reflection on DNA research as well as today?s progress.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching-Learning Tool:
This source addresses a variety of leaning styles by using tutorials,
explanation of terms, audio/visual,animations, and interaction during the
problem phase. The links are helpful to instructors and/or serve as a
springboard for student reflections or projects on the
topic. The information is presented in ways that are relevant to learners and
the problem-solving approach helps learners advance to a higher level of
learning and reasoning. This approach leads to more meaningful learning than
just memorization. The lessons teach for
understanding. These activities also expose learners to real science and the
people who have contributed to our knowledge of DNA. They show that science is
a means of
problem solving that can be applied to other contexts.
An index of content could be helpful, especially for students who are unfamiliar
with the content. If it ould be more interactive (not just tutorial) the
learners could be more involved.
Ease of Use: No problems here. It was very well organized and the format was
consistent. Learners can focus on the content and not be bogged down with
MERLOT rating scale: Quality of Content ******
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching-Learning Tool ****
Ease of Use*****
Thomas Lonergan (Faculty)
biology. The tutorials and assignments that animate classical experiments, such
as the Griffith transformation, Hershey & Chase and the Meselson & Stahl
experiments are excellent. Using them in a classroom setting allowed me to
cover the material in one half the ususal time, and allowed me to ask more
thought provoking questions on the exam. Students seemed to comprehend the
experimental designs faster and better, and commented very positively on the
supplemental use of this site.