Download the Gene Screen app free from the iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch App Store (Education Category) or through Apple iTunes.
Gene Screen is a fun way to learn how recessive genetic traits and diseases are inherited and how certain diseases are more prevalent in different populations. Gene Screen also provides information on some recessive genetic diseases and genetic screening programs.
The app includes four animations introducing the concepts of genetics and inheritance, population genetics, recessive genetic diseases*, and genetic screening. There are Punnett Square inheritance calculators to work out patterns of recessive inheritance and a prevalence calculator to highlight the different carrier frequencies of 19 genetic diseases in Jewish populations versus the general population. An interactive ancestry map highlights some genetic diseases that are more prevalent in certain regions of the world.
The primers, inheritance calculators and map of genetic diseases will be useful to educators, students, health professionals, clergy and the public.
Gene Screen was produced by the DNA Learning Center, and was developed with support from the Marcus Foundation in partnership with the Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases, Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia, USA.
Gene Screen was named the National Human Genome Research Institute's and Smithsonian Institution's August 2015 "Resource of the Month" on Unlocking Life's Code!
*Diseases include: Alpha-thalassemia, Beta-thalassemia, Bloom Syndrome, Canavan Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Dihydrolipoamide Dehydrogenase Deficiency, Familial Dysautonomia, Familial Hyperinsulinism, Fanconi Anemia Type C, Friedreich Ataxia, Galactosemia, Gaucher Disease Type 1, Glycogen Storage Disease Type 1a, Hemochromatosis, Joubert Syndrome, Maple Syrup Urine Disease, Mucolipidosis Type IV, Nemaline Myopathy, Niemann-Pick Disease Type A, Phenylketonuria, Sickle Cell Disease, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Tay-Sachs Disease, Usher Syndrome Type 1F, Usher Syndrome Type 3, Walker-Warburg Syndrome, Werner Syndrome, and Wilson Disease.)