Useful Links

A curated set of online resources about genetics and genomics.

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The resources below have been chosen for their insight and explorations of the science and associated issues of genetics and genomics. They have been created by organisations other than the Garvan Institute and reflect a range of views and media*.

Genetics and genomics

Personal Genetics Education Project
Educational resources, videos, games, and blog posts by a team of scientists, sociologists, educators, and artists housed in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School.

Genomics Education Programme
A wide range of education and training resources from the National Health Service’s (NHS) Health Education England.

Genomics England
A website for the 100,000 Genomes Project being conducted by Genomics England. Contains information and FAQs about the project.

Genomics England - Understanding Genomics
Infographics and videos to explain genomics.      

Wellcome Trust Genome Campus & Genomics England – Socialising the genome
An introduction to a project to find out how to make genomics a more social concept, a joint partnership by the Wellcome Genome Campus, Wellcome Trust and Genomics England.

A series of videos developed as part of the “Socialising the Genome” project where members of the public can take part in the research to understand their attitudes, beliefs and understanding about genomics.

Your DNA, your say
A survey designed by Dr Anna Middleton at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Cambridge, UK, on behalf of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health.

Science by Doing: Evolution and Heredity

From the Howard Hughes Medical Institute – includes video lectures, animations, and virtual laboratory simulations.

Learn.Genetics and Teach.Genetics
These sites, from the Genetic Science Learning Center in Utah, USA, contain genetics-related animations, interactive games, text and images covering topics from cloning and natural selection to epigenetics.

DNA Interactive: Discovering DNA’s structure and beyond (2003)

comprises six major topic areas: Timeline, Code, Manipulation, Genome, Applications, and Chronicle. The topics were serially released over a five-month period in 2003. The site is a collection of animations, interactive games, video and high-resolution animations of DNA processes.

Inside DNA: a genomic revolution
A Wellcome Trust-funded exhibition and online resource.

Our molecular selves

A video, including 3D animations, One of the National Human Genome Research Institute’s online education resources.

The Virtual Genetics Education Centre
FAQs, videos and experiments from the Department of Genetics at the University of Leicester (UK)

Genome: Unlocking Life's Code
An exhibition and online resource resulting from a collaboration between the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) collaboration in the USA.

A site with background information on genes and genomes, specific topic primers (eg. pharmacogenomics) and a set of animations, interactives and activities For Teachers on topics including cancer, proteins, DNA and pathogens.

Technology 'explainers'

New technologies: Sequencing at Speed
Animation and videos about recent sequencing technologies, created by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. This animation ‘Sequencing at Speed’ explains the processes used by one of the leading ‘next-generation’ sequencers that has dramatically decreased the cost and time required to sequence a genome.

Dolan DNA Learning Center (DNALC): Biology animation Library

These animations tend to focus on explaining technologies and biological processes in short, self-contained and downloadable animations. If you play the animations online, you are also referred to a set of related content from DNALC sites.

Genes, genomes and disease

Your Genes, Your Health

A multimedia primer to 15 genetic disorders, created by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Dolan DNA Learning Center. Animations focus on inheritance patterns and diagnosis and treatment; videos explore individual stories, families and experiences of the disorders.

Inside Cancer

A multimedia exploration of the molecular basis of cancer, created by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Dolan DNA Learning Center. The ‘Diagnosis & Treatment’ section includes explanations of pharmacogenetics and targeted therapies, which are both approaches in personalised medicine. In this site, animations are integrated with videos of leading researchers.

History of molecular biology, genetics and genomics

Wellcome Trust: Codebreakers

DNA from the beginning

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Oral History collection

Australian information leaflets and FAQ sheets

Centre for Genetics Education (NSW Health)
This state-wide education service has generated an extensive set of up-to-date Fact Sheets about genetic technologies.

National Health and Medical Research Council:

Genetics and human health (including a 'Sequencing your genome' and a 'Personalised Medicine and Genetics' section)

Medical genetic testing: a consumer summary

Medical genetic testing: information for health professionals


Genomes unzipped
Genomes Unzipped is a collaborative group blog on personal genomics. The bloggers are an impressive set of expert commentators who have backgrounds in genetics, statistics, public health and computer biology.


$1000 Genome hangout

A YouTube recording of a live video chat held in October 2012 about personal genome sequencing. It involved staff from the Broad Institute (Boston, USA) and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (Melbourne, Australia).

RiAus Science behind the headlines: Your Genetic Profile

A panel discussion soon after Angelina Jolie wrote about her experience with genetic testing for breast cancer and her choice to have a double mastectomy. Panellists include genetic counsellor A/Prof Clara Gaff and legal expert Prof David Weisbrot.

Personal Genome Project webisodes

A set of videos outlining the plans and processes of the Personal Genome Project, featuring the first 10 people sequenced.


Explainer: what is the Human Genome Project?
By Melissa Southey, Professor of Pathology, University Melbourne

The $1000 genome map: do you really want to know?
By Rony Duncan, Senior Research Fellow at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and Martin Delatycki, Director of Bruce Lefroy Centre for Genetic Health Research at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

Personal genomics: where science fiction meets reality
By Emma Huang, Research Scientist in Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics at CSIRO

Pharmacogenomics explains why some medicines may not work for you
By Andrew Somogyi, Professor Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology

Variomics seeks to understand what makes us unique
By Richard Cotton, Professor of Genomics, University of Melbourne and Timothy Smith, Honorary Fellow, Department of Pathology, University of Melbourne

Cheap genome tests to predict future illness? Don't hold your breath
By Clara Gaff, Program Leader, Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and
Paul Waring, Head of the Department of Pathology and Director of the Centre of Translational Pathology, University of Melbourne.

* The views and opinions of people not at the Garvan Institute and that appear on this list or website do not necessarily reflect our views. Links to these sites are provided for your convenience, but the Garvan Institute is not responsible for the content of external internet sites. The Garvan Institute does not endorse or recommend commercial products, processes or services and no such conclusions should be drawn from content provided in or linked from this website or information sheet.


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