A basic understanding of genetics is becoming more and more important in many different areas, including medicine, law, agriculture, statistics, sociology, psychology, and many others. This section is intended to provide a simple introduction to genetics and its application in the world.
Why should everyone know a little about genetics?
(taken from the American Society of Human Genetics website)
Most of your physical traits, such as eye color, hair color, and height, are inherited. So, too, are risks for health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. In fact, all diseases or medical conditions have a genetic component (except trauma).
By knowing a little about genetics, you will understand how variations in your DNA may affect your health. You may also learn what health problems you may be at increased risk for in the future and how to reduce your risks.
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Resources for basic genetic information:
Genes and Disease is a collection of articles that discuss genes and the diseases that they cause. The genetic disorders are organized by the parts of the body that they affect. With each genetic disorder, the underlying mutation(s) is discussed, along with clinical features and links to key websites.
Genetics Education Center is a resource for educators with an interest in human genetics and the human genome project.
Genetics Home Reference is the National Library of Medicine's web site for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes related to those conditions. Information is provided on genetic conditions, genes, chromosomes, and a glossary of medical and genetic definitions.
WikiGenetics is an open source, user-generated encyclopedia on human genetics for the public. It provides credible and up-to-date information on human genetics. WikiGenetics was initially created by Genetic Alliance in 2007, and grows in value through the contributions of countless volunteers. A professional advisory board and an editorial board comprised of experts in genetics, genomics, services, policy, and education developed the basis of WikiGenetics.