Cold Spring Harbor, NY - The DNA Learning Center is releasing, on July 30, 1999, the second section of its online genetics primer, DNA from the Beginning (http://vector.cshl.edu/dnaftb/). The first section, released in January 1999, covered 14 key concepts of "Classical Genetics" and reviewed experiments and theories of Gregor Mendel, Thomas Hunt Morgan and other 19th and 20th century biologists. The second section covers 10 key concepts of "Molecules of Genetics" and includes:
Consistent with the format of the first section of the DNA from the Beginning web site, the key experiments of each concept are explained through computer animations. Each concept also has a Gallery (of still images), Audio/Video (interviews with scientists), Problem (to test comprehension), Bio (biographies of key scientists) and Links (web links).
DNA from the Beginning is designed to provide basic information that anyone would find useful in facing a "personal genetic dilemma." Its target audience is non-scientists with an interest in science, particularly genetics. The material was developed at the level of a bright teenager. With the release of the second section of DNA from the Beginning, two of five planned sections of the primer are now complete.
The next section, "Genetic Organization," will focus on the organization of genetic information within a genome, and will be released in the fall of 1999.
The DNA Learning Center is an educational facility of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Its mission is to provide genetics information to students, teachers and the public. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is a private, non-profit basic research and educational institution with programs focusing on cancer, neurobiology, and plant biology. Its other areas of research expertise include molecular and cellular biology, genetics, structural biology, and bioinformatics. In 1998, the Laboratory established the Watson School of Biological Sciences, which offers an innovative Ph.D. program for a small group of exceptional students. Located on the north shore of Long Island, 35 miles from Manhattan, the Laboratory was founded in 1890 as a field station for the study of evolution. Today, the Laboratory is headed by Director Bruce Stillman and President James D. Watson.