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The Nature of Genetic Material Online Module
The Nature of Genetic Material, a resource from Baylor College of Medicine’s comprehensive website, BioEd Online, focuses on the molecular identity, structure, and behavior of genetic material, the mechanisms that underlie the translation of the genome into physical characteristics, and the historical events and scientific advances that led to our current knowledge in this field. This module is composed of three sections: Chromosome Theory; Discovery of the Double Helix; and Gene Expression and the Genetic Code. This module is one part of a three-part interactive Web-based course called Genes, Health and Society. [The course, which explores the rapidly evolving world of genetics and genomics, can be taken free of charge for professional or personal development. Each module stands alone. Educators can work through the modules in sequence or move freely among them.] To access the course, educators must log in and take a presurvey. During the course, self-assessment questions and problems challenge educators, who, depending on their performance, may choose to access additional review material. Throughout the module, participants use an interactive “course notebook” to answer questions and record observations. At the end, educators should be able to answer the question: What are the molecular structures and mechanisms that encode, replicate, and translate the genome into physical characteristics?
Program Director: Dr. Nancy Moreno
Award Years: 1999, 2003, 2007
Summary: The Baylor College of Medicine is located in Houston, Texas. Its HHMI-funded educational initiatives include:
- The SELF (Science Education Leadership Fellows) program, which pairs experienced science teachers with Baylor postdoctoral researchers and graduate students in science education improvement teams. These teams help guide the process of science education reform in the Houston Independent School District’s (HISD) elementary schools; and
- An award-winning website, BioEd Online, and a more recently created website, K8 Science, which provide a host of peer-reviewed teaching resources and teacher training for biology teachers nationwide.