Discovering the Genome is a web-based curriculum for science classes. The curriculum consists of modules that introduce genomics to students.  The modules include videos, activities, discussion questions, and other tools so students can  explore and discover the genome.

Course Module Features

  • Modules are listed on the left in order of foundational topics to more advanced topics.
  • Modules are designed to be self-contained and can be used as a whole or in sections that enhance your existing curriculum.
  • Module descriptions and educator tips are in the For Teachers section of the website.
  • Modules can be used in any order that is appropriate for your students.

Genomics is an exciting, quickly advancing technical field. It affects healthcare, food production, natural resources management, and environmental conservation. It stimulates bioengineering and synthetic biology solutions. It answers questions about biology and life that haven’t answered before. It poses many more new questions. We invite you and your students to discover the genome…

J. Kim Lab

Different Types of Cells Express Different Genes

Network connections between individual cells of five different mouse cell types: Adi = fat cells, Car = heart cells, Pyc = neurons from cortex, Pyh = neurons from hippocampus, and Ser = neurons that produce serotonin. Each vertex is a cell and is colored by cell type. The vertices are connected by transcription factors that differentiate each cell from each other. The transcription factors are shown as a list on the right and colored on the edges of the graph. This picture tells us how individual cells are different from each other in terms of proteins that govern gene expression. More information about the lab that generated this image is here.