- By: Ahmed Kassem
If you are frightened by the prospect of learning about genetics, then try using some of the resources on the web. The Genetics Home Reference (http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov) is a good start. From the homepage, you can easily browse summaries of genetic conditions, genes, chromosomes, or glossaries. If you find anything difficult you can just click on “Help Me Understand Genetics” to get an illustrated basic explanation of how genes work and how mutations cause disorders. The site also includes current information about genetic testing, gene therapy, and the Human Genome Project.
Although the site targets patients by offering directories of laboratories and clinics all over the world for testing and diagnosis of genetic conditions, www.geneclinics.org has a lot of useful educational pages. The website is concerned mainly with genetic testing and its use in diagnosis, management, and genetic counselling. The educational part contains an illustrated glossary and explains genetics services, such