BIOL 10700: Human Genetics

Human Genetics

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Course Assignment

Below is a brief description of your assignment.  For a more  detailed description please consult your Final Project Assignment directions.

For your assignment you have been asked to educate the public about a topic on human genetics.  Topics may include but are not limited to an issue in human genetics (a disease, a phenmomenon, a type of test, a treatment).  Find something of interest and tell the public the facts.   You are required use a minimum of 5 reputable sources including scholarly journal articles, which can be review articles or original research.
 

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Academic Search Premier
Multi-disciplinary database which includes a large collection of peer-reviewed journals in many areas of academic study including: archaeology, area studies, astronomy, biology, chemistry, ethnic & multicultural studies, law, mathematics, music, physics, psychology, religion & theology, women's studies, and other fields.  Coverage varies, but begins in the 1990s for most journals.

Health Reference Center Academic
Click on Advance search screen.  You will see three search boxes where you enter two or three key terms.  For example enter Cystic Fibrosis (in one search box ) AND  genetic testing ( in the second bo).   Review your search results.

Google Scholar
A search engine that searches the Web for peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from broad areas of research. Supports cited reference searching. Includes recent or unpublished work that hasn't yet been indexed in other databases. Each Google search citation will include a link to the full-text resource provided by the IC Library, when available.

Biological Abstracts
Provides abstracts and bibliographic references to journal items focusing on vital biological and medical research findings, pharmacological studies, and discoveries of new organisms. Includes some linked full text.

PubMed
Citations to biomedical articles from MEDLINE and additional life science journals back to the 1950s; incl. links to sites with full-text articles and other related resources. Help with searching PubMed is available here.

ScienceDirect
Full-text scientific, technological, medical journals; subjects covered include biology, biochemistry, business management and accounting, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, environmental science, mathematics, medicine, neuroscience, nursing, physics, psychology, education, and communication. Includes access to selected full-text reference books. Indexing/Abstracts to additional titles.

Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM)  is a catalog of human and genetic disorders.  It is a free resource that is updates daily.

Selected scholarly journals which include research on 
genetics and the human genome

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders  Ref. RB155.5 .G35 2010 

The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine  Ref. R733 G34 2001 

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology Ref. Q121 M3 2001 
Vol. 7 has several short introductory encyclopedia articles on - Genetic Code, Genetic Engineering, Genetic Mapping and so much more.

A short guide to the human genome   QH431 .S34 2008

The human genome : a user's guide  QH431 .H353 2011

A handbook of bioethics terms 
 

Finding Review Articles

Review articles summarize and analyze a number of original studies on a certain topic. No original research is presented, however they do attempt to review everything on a topic and provide a current review of where the research stands.  The cited references can be good sources for original research on a topic .  In many databases, you can limit your search to review articles - see the example below in ScienceDirect:



 

General Genetics Resources

DNA Learning Center (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)
Educational site about human genetics. Includes many topical learning modules, tools for genetic analysis, and 3D animations of genetic processes.

Genome.gov
Official web site of the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institute of Health (NIH). Includes discussions of current issues in genetics as well as descriptions of current research at NHGRI. The "Education" section offers some good introductory materials.

Genetic Home Reference
Genetic inormaion and web reources from the National Library of medicine. Consumer-friendly information about the effects of genetic variations on human health.

CDC Genomicics
Information on genetics ann disease prevenion from the Center  for Disease Control

Gene Tests : Reviews from NBI
GeneReviews are eper - authored, peer- reviewed, current disease descriptions that apply to genetic testing  to the diagnosis, management, and genetic counseling  of patients and families with specific inherited conditions.

Scitable
A collection of resources for students and teachers of genetics. Produced by Nature Education.

Science.gov
Research portal that allows searching across 38 scientific databases from the US government.

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Reading a Scientific Paper

How to Read a Scientific Paper from Purdue University  library.