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Feb 15, 2010 (Vol. 30, No. 4)

Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms

URL:www.genome.gov/glossary
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Are you tired of the monotony of looking up words in a dictionary? Do you want more out of your definitions? If so, then look no further than the Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms, through the NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute. Containing essential genetic lingo from “ACGT” to “Zebrafish,” this is a wonderful tool for students, nonscientists, and researchers alike. In addition to providing a written definition and pronunciation for each word, the glossary also pairs each term with a researcher in the field (though I notice that some people are used multiple times), providing a short bio of the scientist and an audio clip of that person explaining the meaning of the term in his/her own words. Some of the terms are accompanied with an illustration and/or a 3-D animation. After visiting this site, you may forever find yourself unsatisfied with text-only glossaries.

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