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Associations and Societies

Association Mission
National Science Teachers Association (NTSA) Books, Resources, Conferences, Science Standards for Educators at all academic levels (K- Undergraduate)
National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) Teaching Resources, Conferences, including resources for Biotechnology & Genetics
American Society for Microbiology (ASMsociety) Books, Questions, Activities for K-12, found under the Microbiology for the Public section
microPublication Biology (microPublication Biology) publishes brief peer-reviewed articles that are assigned a DOI and are indexed in PubMed, EuropePMC, Google Scholar, etc. Yeast data are curated and, upon publication, are deposited in SGD.

Teaching Resources

Classroom & Course Materials

Resource Type Source Description
Saccharomyces cerevisiae specific, including materials relevant to the use of SGD
Bioinformatics Project Modules


Dr. Erin Strome and Dr. Bethany Bowling, Northern Kentucky University Modules designed to introduce undergraduate students to using SGD and other bioinformatics resources:
Exploring genes of unknown function Yeast ORFan Gene Project Contact: Jill Keeney Network and resources to introduce undergraduate students to SGD resources while exploring genes of unknown function. Bioinformatics modules (8) for use in classes or lab guide students through hypothesis formation about gene function. Each module has a guide and worksheet; some modules have videos to guide students through the modules.
Lab Experiments Yeast Experiments, from GENE Project, Tom Manney, Kansas State University Variety of experiments for high school and undergraduate classes
Questions, Videos, Lab Experiments Yeast Education Network (YEN) (link not functional) Variety of teaching resources for high school and undergraduate classes
Lab Experiments Research Link 2000 Experiments for use in undergraduate laboratory classes
Video tutorial Evann Jarrodsmom via youtube Video tutorial of how to perform tetrad dissection with a manual micromanipulator
CRISPR Connor Shortt et al. Single lab session on how to edit the yeast genome by disrupting ADE2 in yeast
General Biology and Genetics
Lesson plans and classroom activities DNA Interactive,

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Historical and current information about DNA and genomes, with lessons centered around understanding current techniques and resources
Genetics education resources for teachers NHGRI Genetic Education Resources for Teachers Directing teachers to classroom tools, including specific teaching plans to present the history, facts and genetic terminology behind the Human Genome Project.
Interactive activities The Tech Museum of Innovation - Online Exhibits Educational online exhibits about genetics and you, such as: DNA roulette, making DNA from strawberries, and genetic tests and you
Virtual experiment Virtual Courseware for Inquiry-based Science Education: Drosophila, VCISE Virtual experiment that allows students to apply principles of genetic inheritance by studying the inheritance patterns of fruit flies
Protocols, Workshops, Publications Genome Consortium for Active Teaching, GCAT Part of consortium designed to bring functional genomics methods into the undergraduate curriculum


Course Institution Description
AP BioStudio Stanford University Program at Stanford University for high school teachers that introduces AP Biology teaching modules in the areas of forensic science, human genetics, bioinformatics and evolution
Discovering Genomics, Proteomics, and Bioinformatics Davidson College Includes web activities and case studies in this problem solving approach to teaching students the fundamentals of genomic analysis. Based on the book written by A. Malcolm Campbell and Laurie J. Heyer
Investigations in Molecular Cell Biology Boston College Project-based course in which students study the evolutionary conservation of genes involved in methionine synthesis. Topics include yeast culture and complementation, databases, plasmids and western blots. Each module contains background information, student protocols, teaching slides and video tutorials.

Fun Sites

Resource Description
MendelWeb Primary texts relating to classical genetics, elementary plant science, and history and literature of science
Science Buddies (for yeast) Science fair project ideas for yeast and other scientific topics (resource for students, parents, teachers)
MendelWeb Primary texts relating to classical genetics, elementary plant science, and history and literature of science
Bring Science Home A Scientific American resource - featuring fun, science-related activities for 6-12 year olds

General Learning


Title Description
When Will Broccoli Taste Like Chocolate?: Your Questions on Genetic Traits Answered by Stanford Universtiy Scientists,
David L Bodian, PhD and D Barry Starr, PhD
Stanford scientists answer questions such as: Why do I have freckles? Where do my blue eyes come from?
What's a Genome?,

by Sarah E. DeWeerdt (Genome News Network)

Online book describing the basics of a genome, chromome, genes, DNA, sequencing, variation, and genome maps

Dedicated Sites

Resource Description
Biology Dictionary An online biology reference site providing useful definitions and explanations of common biology terms
University of Utah Health Sciences
Tutorials describing basic genetics (e.g. "What is DNA?"), cell biology, evolution, and human health, as well as some science tools (e.g. virtual labs)
DNA Learning Center,
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Resources and links designed to acquaint elementary and high school students to the principles of genetics and disease risk
DNA from the Beginning, Cold Spring Harbor Labroatory "An animated primer of 75 experiments that made modern genetics"
Nature Publishing Group
Free library providing overviews of key science concepts, with a focus on genetics
Bring Science Home A Scientific American resource - featuring fun, science-related activities for 6-12 year olds

Tutorials and Presentations

Resource Description
Khan Academy - Learn Biology Tutorials covering topics addressed in first year high school/undergraduate biology courses
The Tech Museum of Innovation - Genetics page General information about genetics, genes, mutations and disease, medicine and ethics. Includes information on basics such as: what is a gene, how do genes work, genetic testing, mutations and disease, as well as “Ask a Geneticist”, where you can pose questions to Stanford scientists.
ModEncode (Model Organism Encyclopedia of DNA Elements) Modules on model organisms and modern biology, including information on why we study model organisms, regulation of gene expression, and the role of computers and technology in biology
Genetics Tutorials,
Basic tutorials describing genes, phenotypes, SNPs and more