Instructional Sites

RNA Structure and Prediction- Discussion of principles involved in predicting nucleic acid secondary structures.

DNA Footprinting- Explanation of the technique, with diagrams.

DNA Learning Center- VERY basic intro from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory with Shockwave Animations of PCR, Southern Blotting, and Cycle Sequencing.

The Biology Project- an online tutorial-based resource on several topics including a Molecular Biology Section.

Access Excellence Graphics Gallery- diagrams of various molecular processes from Genentech.

Primer on Molecular Genetics from the U.S. Department of Energy. Provides background information on physical and genetic mapping strategies and sequencing complex genomes.

Meiosis and Mendelian Genetics- a tutorial on the relationship between chromosome movements and allele segregation in meiosis by Dr. Rolf E. Christoffersen and Dr. Debbie Kaska, U.C.S.B.

Recombination via the Holliday Junction- from the University of Wisconsin Laboratory of Genetics with a Step by Step Animation and a more realistic version.


The Left-Handed DNA Hall of Fame- collection of images that reverse the handness of DNA.

Animated Telomerase Demonstration from Dr. Donald F. Slish at SUNY, Plattsburgh, N.Y. Can you spot the error(s)?


Cytogenetics Gallery - images and background on various karyotypes from the University of Washington.

Karyotyping Activity from the University of Arizona's Biology Project.

Karyotyping- intro to the methods and applications of karyotyping, also from the Biology Project.

Genomes, databases, bioinformatics

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)- centralized DNA and protein sequence database (aka GenBank), and other resources including:

Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM)- a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders.


Genomic Biology

UCSC Genome Browser- a collection of bioinformatics tools for sequenced genomes.

Stanford Genomic Resources- including the Saccharomyces and Arabidopsis genome databases.

The HUGO website- site for U.S. Human Genome Project progress, research, and resources.

TIGR Human Gene Index- from the Institute for Genomic Research.

DOGS Database of Genome sizes- from The Center for Biological Sequence Analysis

Mouse Genome Informatics- site from The Jackson Laboratory that collects mouse genome resources.

Mouse Atlas and Gene Expression Database Project from the Medical Research Council and the University of Edinburgh.

FlyBase- database of the Drosophilia genome.

Model Organisms - the World Wide Web Virtual Library 

E. Coli Genome Page- from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Joint Genome Institute - X. tropicalis genomic sequencing

Genomes Online - links to information on many sequencing projects

Wormbase - resources for nematode genomics, meetings, research labs

Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes- a project of the Japanese Human Genome Program. Aims to link functional genomics with databases of metabolic and signalling pathways.

Clustalw for multiple sequence alignments

Expasy proteomics server: Many sequence analysis tools

EMBL- Europe's primary nucleotide sequence from the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI).

Swiss Prot- protein sequence database.

Reference and Resources

MEDLINE- PubMed and FirstSearch interfaces.

Genetics Virtual Library- a collection of genetics sites by organism.

Biotech- a collection of Life Science Resources and Reference Tools. So-so but does have a bioinformatics sub-page.

Genetic Links- a comprehensive list from the Human Genome Project Information page.

Baylor College of Medicine Search Launcher- web-based protein and nucleic acid search, analysis, and comparison functions.

Electronic Scholarly Publishing- a site with the full text of classic papers and books in genetics. Kinda cool but low priority.

Model systems- provides a definition of a good "model system" and links to resources for a variety of organisms.

Amos' WWW links page- an extensive collection of links organized by topic and organism.

Protocols and Technical Information

DNA and RNA molecular weights and conversions

Technical Tips Online- from Trends In Genetics articles on techniques and protocols (free BioMedNet membership required).

New England Biolabs- company site with detailed restriction enzyme information.

Clontech- company site with useful technical information and links to other molecular genetics resources.

Promega- company site with useful technical information and links to other molecular genetics resources.

A Standard PCR Protocol- from the Molecular Biology Techniques Manual, Third Edition.

Oligonucleotide Properties Calculator

Tavi's PCR page

MEDUSA, Primer Selection, and Primer3: Web pages for primer design

Protocols online, Biotechniques for online methods and user forums

The Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Jump Station- information and links on all aspects of the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR).


Genome Glossary- glossary provided by DOE genome project.

A Hypermedia Glossary of Genetic Terms