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NIH National Human Genome Research Institute
Human Genetic Variation
NIH Curriculum Supplement Series, Grades 9-12

Human Genetic Variation has two central objectives. The first is to introduce students to major concepts related to human genetic variation. The second objective is to convey to students the relationship between basic biomedical research and the improvement of personal and public health.


Teacher's Guide Section:

The section includes: Introduction to the Module, Understanding Human Genetic Variation, Implementing the Module, Manual for Student Activities, Resources

Web Portion of Student Activities offers 5 different multimedia student activities:

Alike, But Not the Same
A game and a class inventory of traits introduce the notion that genes and the environment influence the diversity of humans.

The Meaning of Genetic Variation
CD-ROM-based activity illustrates that DNA sequences are responsible for genetic differences, and are associated with disease, survival, evolution.

Molecular Medicine Comes of Age
Role-play pharmaceutical company employees to develop new drugs-exemplifies the benefits of molecular genetics.

Are You Susceptible?
A game explores the links between genetic variation, environmental factors, and disease prevention.

Making Decisions in the Face of Uncertainty
A family's case study on genetic variation testing exemplifies the difficult moral and social questions raised by such tests.

Links for Students and Teachers

National Human Genome Research Institute

National Institutes of Health


This site has links to two features. The first is to a booklet titled From Blueprint to You suitable for students and the general public. The second is a multimedia educational kit for high school students called Exploring Our Molecular Selves. The lessons include the basics of molecular biology, genetics, and the Human Genome Project.  Lesson plans for download include Milestones in Genetics, Genes, Variation and Human History, How to Sequence a Genome, Ethical, Legal and Social Implications, Glossary of Genetic Terms, and Exploring Our Molecular Selves. In addition, there are two segments made for online viewing only: The Secrets of Our Lives and The Future of Research and Medicine.

Marian Koshland Science Museum of The National Academy of Sciences

Putting DNA to Work


This virtual exhibition allows visitors to discover the many uses of DNA technology and learn how it can affect daily life. Exhibition topics include: DNA Sequence, Inherited Diseases, DNA & Criminal Justice, Improving Crops, and Infectious Disease . Interactive multimedia activities for students and the general public include: Probe the Sequence, Inherited Disease, Catch a Criminal, Identify the Disease, and Maize Mutants . The website also provides links to other activities and lesson plans on genetics and DNA.

American Museum of Natural History

The Gene Scene

Geared toward elementary students, this colorful site gives audiences a look into the world of genetics with graphic animation, interactive games and quizzes, and suggests activities for students to do on their own away from their computer. Topics include: Go on a Genetic Journey, What Makes You YOU?, A Nature and Nurture Walk, The Science Scoop, DNA Detective, Around the World with DNA, All about Cloning, The Quest for the Perfect Tomato, Imagine it's the Year 2020, Stuff to Do. The last section features activities and experiments such as making stationery, putting DNA in a blender, and keeping a field journal.

DNA from the Beginning


DNA from the Beginning is organized around key concepts and split into three sections: Classical Genetics, Molecules of Genetics, and Genetic Organization and Control . The science behind each concept is explained by: animation, an image gallery, video interviews, interactive problem solving, biographies, and links. This website provides colorful graphics and easy to understand text that makes the exploration process both informative and appealing.

Scitable by Nature Education


Scitable, which currently focuses exclusively on the field of genetics, is built on a free library of overviews of key science concepts compiled by the editorial staff of Nature Publishing Group. Scitable's evidence-based approach explains through the lens of the scientific method, with frequent links to milestone research papers.

A brief but excellent resource for the history of genetics with links to the Human Genome Project and several relevant sites.

Genetics Education Center, University of Kansas Medical Center


An excellent resource for educators, this site provides a multitude of links about genetics and the human genome project. Link topics include: Resources (books, videos, curricula), Lesson Plans, Networking, Genetic Conditions, Museum Exhibits, Programs/Activities, Plays, Glossaries, News, Portrayals/Writing, FAQ, and Feedback.

Updated: 03.14.2016
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