Pandora's Genome

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Teaching resources covering the Human Genome Project, DNA technology and their implications in today’s society.

Multiple modules were developed to introduce students in undergraduate college courses to current DNA testing technologies and the use of genetics/genomics information in treating and preventing human disease. A background module explains the essence of Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) genetic testing, and four modules focus on diseases commonly included on DTC tests.

We made the modules flexible, so instructors can choose the ones that best their needs in majors and non-majors science courses. We also included a module on Whole Genome Sequencing and Next Generation Sequencing which would be more appropriate for upper division college genetics courses.

Team Members

Chris Curran, Northern Kentucky University

Theresa Beckie, University of South Florida

Kee Chan, Boston University

Brian Ring, Valdosta State University

Trent Smith, Simpson University

Mary Vollertsen, Southeast Arkansas College

Brandon White, San Jose State University

Lita Yu, Ursuline College


All information provided here is for educational purposes only.

If you are a patient seeking information about your risk of a genetic disorder, please contact your personal physician.

Web Resources

We relied on the 5E Model developed by the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study which educators can use to develop lessons that Engage, Explain, Explore, Elaborate, and Evaluate.

We believe most instructors are well-prepared to Explain the scientific content in their courses; therefore, we focused primarily on the other 4 Es in these modules.

BSCS 5E Model