Tuesday, April 17, 2007

JISC Collections consultation on Gene Journey

Response required by 15 June

Gene Journey is an online resource on genetics which will be available from July 2007. The content will be divided into a number of 'learning journeys' about the many issues and topics which lead off from the starting point of the basic unit of inheritance, the 'gene'. It is designed to be used by the very wide range of people who study genetics from GCSE, A level and BTEC students to trainee nurses and medical students. In this consultation version there are three learning journeys available: 'mitosis and meiosis', 'chromosome pathology' and 'amniocentesis'.

The online resource will use a wide range of formats such as animation, photographic images and video; this enables the content to cover both the scientific and human aspects of genetics. For example, in the case of Down Syndrome, animations will illustrate the causes of the condition, such as non-disjunction, and video clips will give an insight into the lifes of people with the condition. The virtual amniocentesis lab, animations on meiosis, mitosis and various processes, such as non-disjunction, are available now for this consultation.

Further details are available here.

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