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Genetics and Epigenetics
Living organisms are a product of both the genetics they inherit and the environment in which they grow, develop, and live. In this module, you will learn more about the structure and function of genetic material (DNA) and will explore the role of the epigenome on gene expression.
By the end of this module, you should be able to:
– Explain how the genome serves as the instructions for making proteins
– Describe the epigenome and explain how it influences gene expression
– Explain how mutations affect genetic material
– Discuss how genetic testing is done and identify the benefits, risks, and limitations of genetic testing.
What is DNA and How Does it Work? (Links to an external site.)
This 5-minute video presents information concerning the genetic code, how DNA provides the instructions to make proteins, and the importance of proteins in living organisms.
What is a Gene? (Links to an external site.)
This 5-minute video presents basic information about genes, including the definition of a gene, what a gene looks like, and what genes actually code for.
What is a Chromosome? (Links to an external site.)
This 5-minute video describes chromosomes and explains the relationship between chromosomes, genes, and DNA.
How Does New Genetic Information Evolve? Point Mutations (Links to an external site.)
This 7-minute video describes point mutations and provides several real life examples of these mutations.
What is Epigenetics? (Links to an external site.)
This 5-minute video describes the epigenome – the set of tags that sit on top of the genome and serve to turn genes on or off. It also provides an explanation of how the epigenome is influenced by inheritance and the environment.
Cells and DNA (Links to an external site.)
This website provides basic information about cells and an explanation of DNA, genes, and chromosomes.
How Genes Work (Links to an external site.)
This website provide information about the process of protein production.
Mutations and Health (Links to an external site.)
This website provides information about the causes and effects of genetic mutations.
Genetic Testing (Links to an external site.)
This website provides information concerning the benefits, costs, risks, and limitations of genetic testing.
Epigenetics Q & A (Links to an external site.)
This website provides information concerning the epigenome and how it controls expression of the genome.
Epigenetics (Links to an external site.)
This website provides information about many aspects of the epigenome using videos, pictures, short text, and interactives.