Genetic information is forming an ever increasing part of our lives. As research builds and genomic sequencing procedures become cheaper, having a good understanding of genetics will become more and more important to us all. Whilst the details of such research can be extremely complicated, the important concepts are often quite easy to understand. At TAGC we are working to make complex genetic information as accessible as possible to all people.

Classical genetics

Chromosomes and Inheritance: Learn about classical genetics: evolution, inheritance, chromosomes, mutations and sex. Are Telomeres The Key To Aging And Cancer? How Do Scientists Read Chromosomes? Introduction to Molecular Genealogy, and more…

 

The basics of DNA

Learn all the essential information about DNA. DNA or deoxyribonucleic acid is a long molecule that contains our unique genetic code. Like a recipe book it holds the instructions…read more

 

The Double Helix

Why does DNA look the way it does and how does it’s form relate to is function? The function of DNA depends to a large extent on its structure. The three-dimensional…read more

Play with DNA

With everything you’ve learnt about DNA and its structure, see how you fare with this interactive website! Throughout history, people have speculated on the substance that…read more

 

How to build DNA

Learn all about the structure of DNA. For years scientists tried to find how information was passed down, or inherited, from parent to child. DNA is a long molecule…read more

 

Basic Genome facts

A genome is an organism’s complete set of genetic instructions. Each genome contains all of the information needed to build that organism and allow it to grow and develop. Our bodies are made up of millions of cells (100,000,000,000,000), each with their own complete set of instructions for making us, like a recipe book for the body. This set of instructions is known as our genome and is made up of DNA?. Each cell in the body, for example, a skin cell or a liver cell, contains this same set of instructions: read more…

The Human Genome Project

A fascinating look at this vital area of scientific research. Hear from those who were involved in the huge task of decoding the human genome. The UK played a huge part in decoding the entire sequence of DNA bases in the…read more

 

Reading the Chromosome

Find out more about chromosomes and genomics in general, including the benefits of genomic research. Human Genome Project: The UK played a huge part in reading the entire DNA sequence… The politics of genome science; the benefits of the Human Genome Project and more…

 

Transcription and translation

What is the function of DNA? Although DNA gets most of the glory, teams of molecules are involved in getting genetic instructions read, understood and carried out within the cell. DNA contains regions called gene sequences, which are coded…read more

DNA Replication

How and why does DNA replicate itself? We start by seeing the DNA double helix being unzipped to form a replication fork. We then follow DNA polymerase as it copies the DNA in the 5’ to 3’ direction using the existing DNA as a template.  The…read more

 

Genes > RNA > Protein

A guide from genes to proteins, and all the steps in between. DNA is made of four simple building blocks, yet it contains all of the information necessary to build an organism. … Get to know DNA…; the central dogma of molecular biology…and more