Summer Fun! Explore Our Shared Genomic Journey with this Interactive!

"In & Beyond Africa" is a thought-provoking eLearning tool about human migrations in Africa and beyond over the last 200,000 years. The resource revolves around an animated map of the world slowly revealing human migration patterns over time. Along the journey, students are encouraged to explore various topics on human development: from prehistoric tool-making, to the genetics of human skin pigmentation, to the domestication of crops and animals. In addition, activities about Ötzi the Iceman, and an eLearning game in which students share ideas about human life in the future are available to enlighten and engage the students.

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Update Your Lesson Plans for the Fall with New Genomic Content

The vast majority of the DNA letters in peoples’ genomes is identical, but a small fraction of those letters varies, this is known as human variation. Update your lesson plans for the next school year now by incorporating facts about genomic variants into presentations and activities in the classroom by referencing the “Human Genomic Variation Fact Sheet.” Clear explanations describe human genomic variation, exceptional graphics supplement the information presented, and various terms are defined by linking to the “Talking Glossary of Genomic and Genetic Terms.” Read the fact sheet now.

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Application Open for the Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics Scholars Program

The Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics (ISCC-PEG) is a collaborative group aimed at improving healthcare provider genomics education. The Scholars Program provides exposure to the broader genomics community and experts in the field, with the opportunity to work on genetics/genomics-related education projects under the mentorship of an ISCC-PEG member. The application deadline is September 1. Apply today!

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Color Vision Genetics Evolution Simulation Lesson Plan for Middle and High School Students

Available from the California Academy of Sciences, the “Color Vision Genetics Evolution Simulation,” simulates how particular genes and chromosomes are passed from generation to generation in a small population using pennies. The activity is intended for 7 – 12 graders, and loosely mimics some of the mechanisms that led to the evolution of our own improved color vision. The lesson plan and a PowerPoint presentation are available for free download. Learn more about this interesting genetics topic and incorporate it into next school year’s lesson plan.

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This month's featured article in

Genomics: Insights

"ADHD: How genetic predispositions and parental environment interact to impact the severity of ADHD"

Authors: Kate Lim and Melody Huang

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