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Medical Genetics Online Module
Medical Genetics, a new resource from Baylor College of Medicine’s comprehensive website, BioEd Online, is one module 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.] Medical Genetics focuses on the role of genetic variation in human disease, and on how the study of genetics and genomics has fundamentally changed our understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. It also explores the relationships among science, technology, and society, and the legal and ethical issues emerging from the field of genetics and genomics. This module is composed of four sections: Human Genetic Variation; Mechanisms of Human Genetic Disease; Research in Genetics and Genomics; and The Changing Face of Medicine. After completing these sections, educators should be able to answer the question: How does human genetic variation contribute to individual physical characteristics, including disease risk? 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. Through the module, participants use an interactive “course notebook” to answer questions and record observations.
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.