Leading the Way in Life Science Technologies

GEN Exclusives

More »

Best of the Web

More »
May 15, 2005 (Vol. 25, No. 10)

Genetics Home reference

URL:ghr.nlm.nih.gov/ghr
  • Very good writing
  • Uneven
Subtitled, “Your guide to understanding genetic conditions,” the Genetics Home Reference is the Ladies Home Journal of genomics. That may be a bit of a stretch, unless Mom is a fledgling molecular geneticist. With topics ranging from Parkinson’s disease to Cystic Fibrosis, Genetics Home Reference abounds with information about common diseases as well as obscure ones. You don’t have to be a molecular geneticist to understand the descriptions at the site, but it doesn’t hurt. The level of scientific depth varies, with educational materials (“Help Me Understand Genetics”) written for a fairly general audience and disease descriptions written for beginning molecular biologists. An interesting site apparently aimed at the general public, I think it has a way to go to realize its goals.
  • Key:
  • Strong Points
  • Weak Points
  • Ratings:
  • Excellent
  • Very Good
  • Good


*The opinions expressed are solely those of the author(s) and should not be construed as reflecting the viewpoints of the publisher, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., the publishing house, or employees and affiliates thereof.

Be sure to take the GEN Poll

CRISPR Patent Controversy

Do you think recently released email from a former Broad Institute scientist to Jennifer Doudna will expedite a final legal decision on who owns the CRISPR patent?

More »