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Genetics is a conceptually broad term referring both to the science of heredity and the biological process of transmission of characteristics from progenitor to offspring.


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  • Education and Brain Research Lab - Laurie Cutting, Ph.D.
    The Education and Brain Research Lab investigates learning disabilities, communication and cognitive disorders, and genetic disorders.
  • GEMSS—Genetics Education Materials for School Success
    GEMSS are tools for schools! They explain genetic conditions and offer helpful strategies for use in classrooms. These include ideas for emergencies, field trips, and diets.
  • Genetics Home Reference
    Genetics Home Reference provides consumer-friendly information about the effects of genetic variations on human health.
  • Human Genome Project Information: Links to the Genetic World
    The Human Genome Project goals are to identify all the approximately 20,000-25,000 genes in human DNA, determine the sequences of the 3 billion chemical base pairs that make up human DNA, store this information in databases, improve tools for data analysis, transfer related technologies to the private sector, and address the ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI) that may arise from the project.
  • Kevin C, Ess Research Laboratory
    The Kevin C, Ess Research Laboratory studies the neurobiology of progenitor cells, specifically the mechanisms by which neural progenitors make cell fate decisions during development.
  • National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
    NHGRI supports the development of resources and technology that will accelerate genome research and its application to human health.
  • NHGRI: Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms
    The National Human Genome Research Institute created the Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms to help everyone understand the terms and concepts used in genetic research. In addition to definitions, specialists in the field of genetics share their descriptions of terms, and many terms include images, animation and links to related terms.
  • Tennessee Consortium for Mouse Functional Genetics
    The Tennessee Mouse Genome Consortium (TMGC) brings together expertise and resources across the state of Tennessee for the study of complex biological systems using mouse model systems.

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