DNA U of Utah
See the potential these undifferentiated cells bring to disease treatment and research.
Clone a mouse online! Learn about the facts, myths, and risks behind creating genetic carbon copies.
See how this technology delivers functional copies of genes into diseased cells.
Learn how "Knockout" gene-targeting technology has revolutionized biomedical research.
DNA is extracted from human cells for a variety of reasons. With a pure sample of DNA you can test a newborn for a genetic disease, analyze forensic evidence, or study a gene involved in cancer. Try this virtual laboratory to perform a cheek swab and extract DNA from human cells.
PCR is a relatively simple and inexpensive tool that you can use to focus in on a segment of DNA and copy it billions of times over. PCR is used every day to diagnose diseases, identify bacteria and viruses, match criminals to crime scenes, and in many other ways. Step up to the virtual lab bench and see how it works!
Have you ever wondered how scientists work with tiny molecules that they can't see? Here's your chance to try it yourself! Sort and measure DNA strands by running your own gel electrophoresis experiment.
DNA microarray analysis is one of the fastest-growing new technologies in the field of genetic research. Scientists are using DNA microarrays to investigate everything from cancer to pest control. Now you can do your own DNA microarray experiment! Here you will use a DNA microarray to investigate the differences between a healthy cell and a cancer cell.
Learn how genes and the environment converge at the epigenome, altering gene expression and confounding classic ideas of inheritance. Topics include
how factors from the environment alter gene expression
how molecules record a cell's experiences
how behavior affects gene expression
THE NEW SCIENCE OF ADDICTION
A physiologic and molecular look at a chronic disease involving many factors. Including:
a scientific examination of drug action in the brain
the role of genetics in addiction
VARIATION, SELECTION & TIME
Learn how molecular genetics is shedding light on the process of natural selection including:
sources of variation
the scale of geologic time
artificial and contemporary examples of natural selection in action
FAMILY HEALTH HISTORY
What runs in your family? What you need to know about common diseases and your risk.
GREAT SALT LAKE ECOLOGY
Get to know our salty neighbor and the organisms that thrive there. Topics include
biotic and abiotic factors
simple food chains found at the lake
an interactive aerial view of the lake