Winner of Science Prize for Online Resources in Education. Making Genetics Easy to Understand

Published:2010, Science
327:538-539. doi: 10.1126/science.1183029
Authors:Stark LA, Pompei K

Genetics, curricula

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The Human Genome Project and the subsequent explosion of genomic information are transforming our knowledge of how organisms function and how genes and the environment interact. These insights have led to advances in personalized medicine, stem cell treatments, and genetic testing. Students, teachers, and the public must be prepared to make informed decisions about participation in genomics research, genome-related health care, use of genetically modified agricultural products, and public funding for stem cell research. Education has been identified as a crosscutting element that is critical to achieving the potential of genomics research (1).

To address this need for genomic literacy, we have developed two related Web sites. Learn.Genetics ( provides educational materials that currently cover 15 topic areas ranging from DNA to epigenetics. Classroom activities designed to support and extend these materials, as well as other resources for educators, are available on Teach.Genetics (