Genetics software for teaching

Keith Robison robison1 at husc10.harvard.edu
Thu Dec 9 10:28:15 EST 1993

Peter T. Boag <BOAGP at QUCDN.QUEENSU.CA> writes:

>We are looking into setting up a 30 to 60 terminal teaching lab for
>a genetics course. Does anyone have suggestions experience for
>software (public domain or commercial) that is exciting for students
>learning Mendelian, evolutionary/population and molecular genetics?
>Specific sources would be much appreciated. We prefer a Macintosh
>platform, but that could be flexible. I have seen a Hypercard stack
>on Mendelian genetics, but it seems a bit dated, not running
>properly under Sytem 7. Thanks.

I certainly hope you will use this opportunity to introduce your 
students to genetics resources on the Internet.  While the available
internet resources (WWW/Mosaic, gopher, WAIS, etc) don't fill the
role of pedagogy, they will be of much greater long-term value.  In
particular, if the course involves any sort of research project the
Internet resources (FlyBase, ACeDb, OMIM, etc) will be invaluable
(I certainly wish I had access to them when I was writing term 
papers).  Some of the resources could also make nice starting points
for discussion or just lead-ins to lectures (such as 3D protein
images for discussions of structural biology).  

Keith Robison
Harvard University
Department of Cellular and Developmental Biology
Department of Genetics / HHMI

krobison at nucleus.harvard.edu 

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