The following websites are good sources for information and education about genetics and genomics, what genetics is, and why it may be important to consider when making medical decisions:
The Genetic Science Learning Center is an outreach education program located at the University of Utah. The mission of the center is to help people understand how genetics affects their lives and society.
Genetics Home Reference
Genetics Home Reference is the National Library of Medicine's web site for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes responsible for those conditions.
The resources on this site should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care or advice. Users seeking information about a personal genetic disease, syndrome, or condition should consult with a qualified healthcare professional.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC, as the sentinel for the health of people in the United States and throughout the world, strives to protect people’s health and safety, provide reliable health information, and improve health through strong partnerships.
The Human Genome Project
Completed in 2003, the Human Genome Project (HGP) was a 13-year project coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health.
Project goals were to:
- Identify all the approximately 20,000-25,000 genes in human DNA
- Determine the sequences of the 3 billion chemical base pairs that make up human DNA
- Store this information in databases
- Improve tools for data analysis
- Transfer related technologies to the private sector
- Address the ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI) that may arise from the project
General Information About Genetics & Genetic Testing