Human Genetics
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MedlinePlus Genetics covers more than 1,300 genetic conditions and 1,400 genes and includes an illustrated genetics handbook, Help Me Understand Genetics, which offers basic explanations of how genes work and how mutations cause disorders, as well as current information about genetic testing, gene therapy, genetics research, and precision medicine.

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Books for Young Readers

Decoding Genes with Max Axiom book coverDecoding Genes With Max Axiom, Super Scientist | Amber J Keyser | Capstone Press | 2020 | 32 pages | ISBN: 978-1543572476 | Grades 3-4

DNA Is You book cover imageDNA Is You! The Marvelous Science Behind Your One-of-a-Kind-ness | Katie McKissick | Adams Media | 2019 | 256 pages | ISBN: 978-1721400171

The One and Only Me book cover imageThe One and Only Me: A Book About Genes | Ariana Killoran | 23andMe, Inc. | 2016 | 32 pages | ISBN: 978-0989153713 | Grades PK-3

Who Was Charles Darwin book coverWho Was Charles Darwin | Deborah Hopkinson | Penguin Workshop | 2005 | 112 pages | ISBN: 978-0448437644 | Ages 8-12


Learn Genetics logoThe Eccles Institute of Human Genetics (EIHG) at the University of Utah sponsors the Genetic Science Learning Center, a website to explore videos, virtual labs, images of actual cells, and interactive exercises covering a massive amount of information on genetics.


Cracking Your Genetic Code video cover imageCracking Your Genetic Code (NOVA): What will it mean when most of us can afford to have the information in our DNA—all six billion chemical letters of it—read, stored, and available for analysis? What are the moral dilemmas raised by this new technology? Will it help or hurt us to know the diseases that may lie in our future? What if such information falls into the hands of insurance companies, employers, or prospective mates? One thing is for certain: the new era of personalized, gene-based medicine is relevant to everyone. Watch with your personal public library card or university login

The Gene Doctors cover imageThe Gene Doctors (PBS): "Through intimate stories of families whose lives are being transformed, The Gene Doctors takes viewers to the front lines of a medical revolution. With early successes and new treatments appearing on the horizon, families battling genetic diseases have never had such good reasons for hope."

On Beauty (Kartemquin Films):On Beauty poster "The film looks at beauty through the lens of fashion photographer Rick Guidotti, who highlights vibrant individuals with genetic conditions. At the center of On Beauty are two of Rick's photo subjects: Sarah, who left public school for homeschool after being bullied so harshly for the Sturge-Weber birthmark on her face and brain; and Jayne, who lives in Eastern Africa where witch doctors hunt people with albinism to sell their body parts and the society is blind to their unique health and safety needs."

Pink & BluePink and Blue: Colors of Hereditary Cancer (Pink & Blue Inc.): "The documentary takes a profound look into the BRCA world examining what it is and how this gene mutation puts both women and men at risk for developing numerous cancers. The film highlights the message that men are equally as likely to carry a BRCA gene mutation and this lack of information is deadly."

DIY Exhibit

Unlocking Life's Code DIY Exhibit media imageGenome: Unlocking Life's Code This exhibit is a partnership between the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). Interact with the exhibit using the online Library Resources or assemble a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Exhibit. "This free, print-on-demand exhibit consists of graphic panels, interactive media, and a community programming toolkit. It can be adapted to a variety of venues, including community centers, libraries, coffee shops, hospitals, transit hubs, museums, and science centers."

Featured Books
Title: A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived
Author Adam Rutherford, PhD
Publisher The Experiment
Year published 2017
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Title: Gene Machine
Author Venkatraman Ramakrishnan
Publisher Basic Books
Year published 2018
Book image Gene Machine book cover
Title: Genomics
Author Whitney Stewart
Publisher Twenty-First Century Books
Year published 2020
Book image Genomics book cover
Title: Her Hidden Genius
Author Marie Benedict
Publisher Sourcebooks Landmark
Year published 2022
Book image Her Hidden Genius
Title: Pleased to Meet Me
Author Bill Sullivan
Publisher National Geographic
Year published 2019
Book image Pleased to Meet Me book cover
Title: The Gene
Author Siddhartha Mukherjee
Publisher Scribner
Year published 2016
Book image The Gene book cover
Title: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Author Rebecca Skloot
Publisher Broadway Books
Year published 2011
Book image The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks book cover

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