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General teacher resources

Genetic Science Learning Center
Basic info on genetics, virtual biotechnology exercises, information on current topics such as genetic testing and stem cells, case studies on diseases and addictions. They also have teacher resources and lesson plans and professional development programs.

Science Museum of National Academy of Science
Virtual resources as well as exhibit info for this museum that is located in Washington DC. 

Dolan DNA Learning Center
The Dolan DNA Learning Center (DNALC) is the world's first science center devoted entirely to genetics education and is an operating unit of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, an important center for molecular genetics research. The site contains many resources including a primer on DNA concepts and experiments, the molecular and cellular basis of human thinking, info on the eugenics movement, the genetics of cancer, genetic disorders, plant genomics, and RNA interference. 

J. Craig Venter Institute
This research institution hosts teacher workshops as well as has a mobile lab that visits schools in the DC area.

Biotechnology Institute
The Biotechnology Institute is dedicated to educating teachers, students and the public about the promise and challenges of biotechnology. They have annual workshops and resources available online.

Nation Human Genome Research Institute
Educational materials about genetics and genomics for students, teachers and the general public.

North Carolina Biotechnology Center
Genomics Education Resources.

The New Genetics: Electronic Tools for Educational Innovation 
A project designed to create, produce, and evaluate an innovative set of educational materials about genetics and genomics for use in a broad spectrum of undergraduate courses and institutions.

A free program run by VA Tech that provides biotechnology equipment and materials to Virginia classrooms.

University of Arizona’s Biology Project
The Biology Project has a history of high quality educational material for the biological sciences. They are continuing this tradition with their website expansion. They have developed material for a larger audience: the general public, all grade levels and versions in Spanish.

Cell Biology Education
A journal put out by the American Society of Cell Biology, details many education issues and new activities.

Simulations/case studies

Case It!
National Science Foundation - sponsored project providing a framework for collaborative case-based learning via free, open-ended molecular biology computer simulations and cases based primarily on genetic and infectious disease.

The Science of Addiction: Genetics and the Brain

Plant biotechnology
The Partnership for Plant Genomics Education (PPGE) is dedicated to developing an educational program dealing with plant genomics and biotechnology that is targeted towards secondary level students. Goals of the PPGE include the creation and distribution of educational software and on-line materials, development of associated hands-on activities, equipment loan programs, teacher training, and student internships. 

Beyond Discovery: The Path from Research to Human Benefit 
A series of articles that trace the origins of important recent technological and medical advances. Each story reveals the crucial role played by basic science, the applications of which could not have been anticipated at the time the original research was conducted.

The genomics website from Department of Energy contains an extensive section on the human genome, including a history, the science, and the ethics involved. Also contains info on microbial genome project and contains many resources for educators.

Drug development
Great interactive tutorial on the FDA website called “The New Drug Development Process: Steps from Test Tue to New Drug Application Review”. https://www.fda.gov/ForPatients/Approvals/Drugs/default.htm

Forensic studies
A website produced by Forensic Science students at the Bronx High School. Emphasis here is on the role of the forensic scientist in the criminal justice system. This site also explores the laboratory procedures and technologies available to the forensic investigator to link suspect, victim and the crime scene. It is very well done and includes a section on how they do it as well as a section for teachers.

Genetic testing
GeneTests is a publicly funded medical genetics information resource developed for physicians, other healthcare providers, and researchers, available at no cost to all interested persons. The animated presentation "The Primary Care Physician: The Primary Source of Genetic Testing Information" (updated February 2006) is intended for instruction of non-genetics healthcare practitioners. (Scroll to the bottom and choose "Educational Materials")

This Geospiza website with data sets, worksheets, tutorials, and supplementary materials for high school and college teachers. Includes: BLAST for beginners, mitochondrial sequences, and protein structures.

National Center for Biotechnology Information
Established in 1988 as a national resource for molecular biology information, NCBI creates public databases, conducts research in computational biology, develops software tools for analyzing genome data, and disseminates biomedical information - all for the better understanding of molecular processes affecting human health and disease.

Human Genome
For a free poster of human chromosomes and website companion: Human Genome Landmarks wall poster depicting the 24 human chromosomes and some genes associated with disorders and traits.


DNATube is a non-profit video site which is aiming to be a visual scientific resource for its visitors making scientific concepts easily understandable.

CELLS alive!
Film and computer-enhanced images of living cells and organisms for education and medical research.

A photo bank especially for biotechnology. If you need photos of common lab equipment and procedures, check here. This commercial site is collecting electronic photographs of equipment and procedures. These photos are available for educational use and can be downloaded directly from the website.

Bio-Link is a National Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Center for Biotechnology that originated in late 1998 with a grant from the National Science Foundation. Bio-Link enhances and expands biotechnology education programs by providing cutting edge professional development for instructors, by improving curriculum, by making use of technologies and by creating a system that promotes the sharing of information. 

Biotechnology Industry Association
BIO is the world's largest biotechnology organization, providing advocacy, business development and communications services for more than 1,150 members worldwide. 

American Society for Microbiology
ASM provides information, resources, and professional opportunities for middle and high school educators teaching microbiology.

The goal of the Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative is to form a self-sustaining regional alliance of community colleges working in collaboration with industry, education, professional associations and government to prepare a 21st century technical workforce for the Biopharmaceutical Biomanufacturing sector of the Biotechnology industry.

VA Biotechnology Association
A group focused on the biotech industry in Virginia.  Has a list of biotech companies and sponsors networking events. Distributes a newsletter detailing new developments in the local industry.

Lab equipment and protocols

Buying a Microscope
This website contains a detailed background description on the purchase and use of a microscope. They include explanation of the terms used in microscopy as well as the different types of illumination possible.

Mama Ji’s Molecular Kitchen
Mama Ji has developed this website as a part of a master’s thesis. These pages have basic molecular biology protocols along with easy to understand explanations of the chemistry behind the protocols. She includes illustrations of important principles and includes a list of links to molecular biology protocols.

Mo Bio Laboratories
Mo Bio is a commercial vendor who makes high quality kits for DNA and RNA Isolation. They have a policy to provide free samples of many of their kits. You may try different kits for DNA Isolation with protocols and trouble shooting guide before purchase.

Biotechnology Education company which sells kits and equipment.

A company that supplies many kits and equipment for educators teaching biotechnology. (under Life Science Education)

MSDS database 
From Vermont Safety Information Resources, Inc., this searchable material safety data sheets collection can be searched by company or compound name. Visitors can also search for toxicology reports by chemical name, chemical trade name, or the CAS or RTECS number.