October 15, 2017 (Vol. 37, No. 18)
Strong Points: Many different types of resources
Weak Points: Can’t browse entire collection by content type
The Genetics Education Resource Room is a wonderful—you guessed it—educational website compiled by the Genetics Society of America (GSA). (The site makes it clear that the resources are offered as a service to the community, but that they have not been rigorously vetted or endorsed by the GSA.) The resources are comprised of a grab bag of videos, animations, websites, problem sets, and PowerPoint presentations, all of which are organized into nine content areas. These areas include topics like the molecular biology of gene function, genetics and society, and methods and tools in genetics. Within a given content area, resources are further divided into subtopics. (For example, the methods and tools section includes basic benchwork, sequencing, and bioinformatics, among other subtopics.) Site visitors can view resources of a particular type (e.g., videos) within a given subtopic, but unfortunately one can’t view all resources of a given type across all content areas simultaneously.