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Culturing Life: How Cells Became Technologies by
Publication Date: 2007
This book discusses the history of tissue culture, that is, growing cells that are independent from the organisms from which they came. It considers both the history of scientific processes and the philosophical implications of biotechnology.
Spectral Karyotype, by National Human Genome Research Institute
It's Not Your Grandmother's Genetics Anymore!
This article lists common misconceptions about genetics and corrects them with information drawn from current biology research. It is written for high school biology teachers but is also helpful for students.
Organisms, Modified, Genetically
This article analyzes claims about the safety of GMOs. It compares GMOs to widely accepted forms of genetic modification, such as the selective breeding that has produced a wide variety of dog breeds and domestic crops.
Science After the Sequence
This report summarizes a survey of biologists that examined how the completion of the Human Genome Project had affected their work and what future discoveries they anticipated it would precipitate.
Stem cells, cancer, and cancer stem cells
This article summarizes knowledge about hematopoietic stem cells (the stem cells in bone marrow that produce blood cells) and how they regenerate and discusses how cancer cells might proliferate using similar methods.
Free Government Information Sources
Almost all information produced by the U.S. Federal Government and its agencies is in the public domain, which means it is freely accessible and can be reused and distributed, though you should still cite the original source.
This page by the United States Department of Agriculture addresses biotechnology use in the U.S., its benefits and risks, and government research and regulation.
NIH--Genetics Home Reference
This site by the National Institute of Health includes descriptions of over 1000 genetic conditions, over 1200 genes, and the 23 human chromosomes. It also includes general information about the structure of cells and DNA and gene mutations, inheritance, and research. Though it contains a lot of information, it is a user-friendly site intended to be used by the public.
NCBI--Human Genome Resources
This site by the National Center for Biotechnology Information provides information about the Human Genome Project and its results. You can search for information about specific genes or click on a chromosome in the upper left side of the screen so see its genes. This site includes highly technical information and is intended for use by scientists. Even without a scientific background, you can see how complex the human genome is and appreciate the work geneticists do.
NIH--Stem Cell Information Center
This site by the National Institute of Health provides information about stem cell research and their medical applications.