Introduction to Human Genetics: Curricular DVD and Teacher's Guide

"The Introduction to Human Genetics: Curricular DVD and Teacher's Guide" was a project of the 2005-2006 Michael J. Ahearn Summer Workshop for High School Science Educators

This module provides high school science educators with a useful resource for the classroom presentation of basic molecular genetics, types of mutations and the laboratory procedures that examine chromosomes and their genetic structure.

Placing an Order
Please note: This module has recently been reprinted and is now available upon request. 

For teachers in Texas, this material is free of charge, underwritten by the Dorothy E. King Summer Education Fund.

For those outside Texas, the cost is $15.00 per module (shipping and handling is included). Please email for details.
For orders outside the United States, shipping and handling is included but  payment must be by money order in U.S. Dollars. 

To reserve a copy once the manual is reprinted, please download the form (doc), provide the required information and mail to the following address, being sure to include the Unit number:

The Michael J. Ahearn Summer Workshop for High School Science Educators
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
c/o School of Health Professions  - Unit 2
1515 Holcombe Blvd
Houston, TX 77030-4009


After completing the Introduction to Human Genetics curriculum, students will be able to:

  • Describe the components of DNA
  • Describe the structure of DNA
  • Explain the processes of transcription and translation
  • Describe the different types of gene mutation
  • Differentiate between numerical and structural chromosome mutations
  • Relate chromosomal abnormalities to genetic disorders
  • Prepare a karyotype of human chromosomes
  • Describe the steps of the Fluorescent in situ Hybridization (FISH) procedure

Module Contents

DVD that accompanies the Teacher's Guide:

  • Animated/live action sequences that illustrate:
    • An overview of genetics
    • Genetics and chromosomal mutations
    • Laboratory procedures: Karyotyping and fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH)
  • Links to Web-based activities and resources
  • A PowerPoint presentation, "Chromosomal Mutations," that includes notes

The 48-page Teacher's Guide expands on the material in the DVD with:

  • Twenty-seven full color stills from the animation sequences
  • A transcript of the narration from the animated/live action sequences
  • A "Resources and Activities" section that includes reproducible handouts, answer keys for the activities, a glossary and useful Web addresses for on-line activities and reference
  • Content alignment with the Texas Academic Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) standards for high school science in Texas

Contact Information

Susan Madigan
Phone: 713-745-1205