So what are exons? And introns? Although I have been studying genetics for the past few years, I really had no idea before reading more about it. But these and other terms are part of the book A Primer for Genome Science. While the copy at the Chemeketa Library is certainly outdated, as it’s the second edition, there’s still tons of useful information, including a lot of curious links scattered throughout the text.
Genome science is being researched in all sorts of places and there are literally hundreds of great resources on the web. For example, ELSI provides background on the ethical, legal, and social implications of the Human Genome Project. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, commonly known as the Berkeley Lab, has some information, such as What is ELSI? and their main ELSI page.
A group of national databases is managed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Human Genome Research Institute. Two such resources are the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and OMIM (Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man), a compendium of human genes and genetic phenotypes.
Stanford has been working in the field of human genetics, for many years led by Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza. Stanford has a Human Population Genetics Laboratory and a Genome Technology Center, part of the School of Medicine.
Ensembl is the name of European project, a joint venture of the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (WTSI). Both are located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus.