DNA from the Beginning

DNA from the Beginning

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DNA from the Beginning is an animated website on the basics of DNA, genes, and heredity. It has three sections: Classical Genetics, Molecules of Genetics, and Genetic Organization and Control, which could be a little too technical and specialized to appeal to a wide audience. Each section has about 14 topics, each of which is introduced and explained by an authority/pioneer on the subject using animation. This is followed by a Gallery and Bio of the scientists of that topic, an audio/video, and a problem based on the information given in that topic. There is also a "Did you know?...Hmmm..." page after each animation. The "Did you know?" part provides tidbits of personal information about the scientists of that topic while the "Hmmm" part asks a question about something that is brought up in the animation.

The overall organization is very good, the scientific content is good and accurate, and the animation is great. The problems are also well thought out and help lead to understanding the topic. The animation would be appealing to a younger audience, however, the scientific content is suitable for high-school students or above.

Going Further

For Educators

Filled with 75 experiments that made modern genetics, this site provides a wealth of resources that you can use to enhance your instruction in genetics. From the work of Gregor Mendel in classical genetics to Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, who isolated and characterized many of the genes necessary for early embryonic development, you'll find animations, images, videos, and experiments that you can use with your students.

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Grades Themes Type Project 2061 Benchmarks National Science Standards