Genetics and Evolution

Genetics is the study of genes, genetic variation, and heredity — how the characteristics of living things are transmitted from one generation to the next. Evolution is the change in the heritable characteristics of biological populations over successive generations. Evolutionary processes give rise to tremendous biodiversity of species, individual organisms, and molecules.

Genetics and Evolution

Evolution: Darwin Day at the the University of Tennessee
Darwin Day in Knoxville, Tennessee is a volunteer-run event dedicated to informing the public about evolution and its importance as a unifying concept in all of biology. Our goal is to disseminate factual information, in the context of a non-confrontational and rational discussion based on empirical evidence without pre-conceived ideological agendas or uncritical faith in the opinions of scientists, politicians, or clerics. In a state with past and recent legislative efforts to introduce faith-based ideologies into the science classrooms of public schools, these efforts are particularly important.

Genetic Literacy Project
The Genetic Literacy Project (GLP) explores the intersection of DNA research and real world applications of genetics with the media and policy worlds in order to disentangle science from ideology. The commitment of the GLP is to promote public awareness and constructive discussion of genetics, biotechnology, evolution and science literacy.

Adriana Heguy's Blog
Adriana Heguy is a molecular biologist and a genomics researcher. She is the Director of the NYUMC Genome Technology Center and Professor of Pathology.

Genetic science learning center. This site covers topics like Genetics, human health, cell biology, Neuroscience, Ecology, and contains science tools, such as virtual labs and mathematics.

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
The National Center for Biotechnology Information advances science and health by providing access to biomedical and genomic information, including data from the Human Genome Project.

Race - Are We So Different?
A new look at race through history, human variation, and lived experience. Race is a project of the American Anthropological Association.

SAPIENS is about the human world. It's about how we communicate with each other, why we behave kindly and badly, where and when we evolved in the past, and how we live and continue to evolve today. It's about the relationship between our laws and ethics, the cities we build, and the environment we depend on. It's about why sex, sports, and violence consume and intrigue us, what life was like in centuries past, where we might be headed in centuries to come, and much more. SAPIENS is an editorially independent publication of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.

Understanding Evolution
Understanding Evolution is a non-commercial, education website, teaching the science and history of evolutionary biology. This site is here to help you understand what evolution is, how it works, how it factors into your life, how research in evolutionary biology is performed, and how ideas in this area have changed over time. The site is a collaborative project of the University of California Museum of Paleontology and the National Center for Science Education.

World on the Move: 100,000 Years of Human Migration
The American Anthropological Association (AAA) has developed a national public education initiative aiming to change the public conversation about an important, yet difficult topic — migration and displacement. The public conversation on issues surrounding migration and displacement is often shaped more by ideology and rhetoric than by evidence, leading to policies and practices that harm individuals, families, and communities. AAA aims to change the public conversation, with the goal of ultimately impacting inequitable policies and practices through insights gained from anthropological research.

Your Inner Fish
How did your body become the complicated, quirky, amazing machine it is today? Anatomist Neil Shubin uncovers the answers in this new look at human evolution. Using fossils, embryos and genes, he reveals how our bodies are the legacy of ancient fish, reptiles and primates — the ancestors you never knew were in your family tree.