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student working on a laptop computer This Web site is based upon a printed publication of the same title that has an accompanying CD-ROM. Because of the limited number of printed supplements, this online version has been created for people outside the 9–12 education community.

The content is equivalent to the printed supplement, only in a different format. The unit consists of lesson plans, which are accessed through the Teacher’s Guide section of the Web site and the multimedia student activities, which are accessed through the Student Activities page. The Web-based activities for students are only one part of the curriculum unit. The Lesson Plans provide the framework for both the hands-on classroom activities and the Web-based multimedia activities that make up this curriculum supplement. Together, the classroom and multimedia activities enable students to gain a deeper understanding of the science behind this important topic, and how it relates to human health.

Human Genetic Variation—developed with the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)—is a creative, inquiry-based instruction program, designed to promote active learning and stimulate student interest in medical topics. This curriculum supplement will

  1. Deepen students' awareness of the importance of basic research to advances in medicine and health
  2. Foster students' abilities to think critically
  3. Help students understand the effects of scientific discoveries on their own lives
  4. Encourage students to take more responsibility for their own health

Before Getting Started

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Changing Your QuickTime Settings

The videos in the Student Activities and About NIH & NHGRI sections of this Web site use QuickTime player technology. View the following tutorial if you are not familiar with setting up QuickTime for optimal performance:

Windows: Tutorial on changing your QuickTime settings
Macintosh: Tutorial on changing your QuickTime settings

Note: You need Macromedia Flash to view this tutorial.

Office of Science Education

This address takes you directly to the home page of the National Institutes of Health's Office of Science Education, which provides access to a variety of resources for teachers and students, including NIH publications.

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