Illumination Educational Software
has developed a regularly updated online resource on genetics called Gene Journey
. The site includes an extensive video library which provides a rich resource to stimulate debate on issues which will affect all our lives. For example, Nobel Prize winner, John Sulston, who played a leading role in the Human Genome Project, discusses the ethics of patenting genes. The scientist Stephen Minger, who featured in the Horizon documentary ‘Fix Me’ in October 2009, about stem cell research, provides an in-depth interview for Gene Journey.
Gene Journey is being used by a wide range of students studying genetics at school, college and university – from school students on GCSE and A level courses to nursing and biological science undergraduates. There are subscribers to Gene Journey in several countries outside the UK, including the US, Germany and Norway. Gene Journey can be used in class as a group activity or students can work at their own pace either in a computer suite or from home.
As well as providing an invaluable interactive educational resource, the site aims to empower young people to play an active part in the debate on how genetics should impact on all our lives now and in the future.