The Genetic Science Learning Center at The University of Utah is a nationally and internationally-recognized education program that translates science and health for non-experts. In addition to genetics, we address all areas of life science and health as well as other scientific fields.
DNA from the Beginning
An animated primer of 75 experiments that made modern genetics. The Science behind each concept is explained by animation, image gallery, video interviews , biographies and links.
This hands-on activity allows you to create your own paper model of a DNA double helix.
Discover more about DNA, genes and genomes, and the implications for our health and society.
17 Things You Should Know About DNA
If you’re a living creature, you’ve got DNA. But how much do you really know about the microscopic building block of life that shapes who you are?
Discovering DNA structure and beyond.
How Cells Divide
Most of the time, when a cell in our bodies divides, each new cell carries a complete set of chromosomes. The cells involved with human reproduction, however, carry only half after division occurs. In this step-by-step explanation, learn about mitosis and meiosis, the two types of cell division.
Stages of Cell Division
Explore the different stages of cell division interactive.
Stages of Binary Fission
Explore the stages of binary fission interactive.
The Making Of The Next Generation
Our species’ survival depends on making the next generation and keeping our genes alive. Living things have evolved two very different ways to reproduce, but despite what those idealistic songwriters like Cole Porter would have us believe, neither has much to do with love.
Why do our cell’s power plants ...
Why do our cell’s power plants have their own DNA? It’s one of the big mysteries of cell biology. Why do mitochondria—the oval-shaped structures that power our cells—have their own DNA, and why have they kept it when the cell itself has plenty of its own genetic material? A new study may have found an answer.
Tongue Rolling and 5 Other ...
Tongue Rolling and 5 Other Oversimplified Genetic Traits - Can you roll your tongue? If so, you’re part of the majority. Between 65 and 81 percent of people on Earth have this strange and seemingly arbitrary talent. But why can some do it while others can’t?
Gene Technology - CSIRO
Gene technology provides the opportunity to improve human and animal health, create a safer and more sustainable food supply, and generate prosperity for Australia. Discover how gene technology impacts our lives and the research CSIRO is undertaking in this field.
The Genographic Project
National Geographic’s Genographic Project has used advanced DNA analysis and worked with indigenous communities to help answer fundamental questions about where humans originated and how we came to populate the Earth. Now, cutting-edge technology is enabling us to shine a powerful new light on our collective past.
Genetics and Genomics
Discovery Channel - articles, images and videos.
Who Am I?
Science Museum - How do you become you?
RNA Virtual Lab - NOVA
Nature’s best kept secret is a wonder molecule called RNA. It is central to the origin of life, evolution, and the cellular machinery that keeps us alive. In this Lab you’ll play the role of a molecular engineer by solving RNA folding puzzles. Then take your skills to Eterna, where you can design RNAs that could be at the heart of future life-saving therapies.
Human Genome Project
During the Human Genome Project, this website served as the primary electronic information source for HGP researchers and the public. It is now a unique archive—a repository for historical documents detailing the history of the HGP from the project's beginnings in 1989 until it was completed in 2003.
Tibetans' Ability to Live at ...
Tibetans' Ability to Live at 13,000 Feet—and Other Modern-Day Evolutionary Tricks - With an average elevation of 13,000 feet above sea level, Tibet has some of the thinnest air on the planet, with 40 percent less oxygen than is found at sea level. When foreigners travel there, after suffering through mountain sickness, their bodies adapt by producing more of the oxygen-carrying pigment hemoglobin, and when they return to sea level they can make more of every breath. But ...
Air Pollution Can Have ...
A Canadian analysis found that where a person lived was more significant of a factor in gene expression than their heritage.
Black Death Altered European Genes
The Black Death of the 14th century may be written into the DNA of survivors' descendants, new research finds.
The Blood Typing Game
The Blood Typing Game is produced by Nobel Media to further explain the benefits of Nobel Prize awarded achievements for a younger audience.
Introduction to Genetics
No field of science has changed more, or changed the world more, in the last 50 years than genetics - the study of how our physical and behavioural traits are inherited.
Could Wood Feed the World?
The main ingredient of wood, cellulose, is one of the most abundant organic compounds on Earth and a dream source of renewable fuel. Now, bioengineers suggest that it could feed the hungry as well. In a new study, researchers have found a way to turn cellulose into starch, the most common carbohydrate in the human diet.
Glow In The Dark Bunnies
What do you get when you cross jelly fish DNA with a cuddly bunny? If researchers from universities in Hawaii and Turkey have anything to say about it, the combination could result in cheaper, more effective drugs for genetic diseases.
Blue-eyed Humans Have A Single ...
New research shows that people with blue eyes have a single, common ancestor. Scientists have tracked down a genetic mutation which took place 6,000-10,000 years ago and is the cause of the eye color of all blue-eyed humans alive on the planet today.
Rare Find of 'Blood' in Mammoth
Russian scientists claimed Wednesday they have discovered blood in the carcass of a woolly mammoth, adding that the rare find could boost their chances of cloning the prehistoric animal.
Full Genetic Screening of Embryos
First baby born after full genetic screening of embryos. Connor, a healthy baby boy, has made history. He is the first child to be born after his parents had the entire genomes of a batch of their IVF embryos screened for abnormalities, with the intention of picking the healthiest for implantation.
Super-Intelligent Humans Are Coming
Genetic engineering will one day create the smartest humans who have ever lived.
Spectacular Genetic Anomaly ...
Spectacular genetic anomaly results in butterflies with male and female wings. In the realm of genetic anomalies found in living organisms perhaps none is more visually striking than bilateral gynandromorphism, a condition where an animal or insect contains both male and female characteristics, evenly split, right down the middle.
The Man Who Rewrote the Tree of Life
Carl Woese may be the greatest scientist you’ve never heard of. “Woese is to biology what Einstein is to physics,” says Norman Pace, a microbiologist at the University of Colorado, Boulder. A physicist-turned-microbiologist, Woese specialized in the fundamental molecules of life—nucleic acids—but his ambitions were hardly microscopic. He wanted to create a family tree of all life on Earth.
Chickens are closely related to ...
Chickens are closely related to dinosaurs, and other insights from the new bird family tree. Using statistical techniques to handle genetic data, scientists are learning new things about our fine feathered friends.