The DNA Learning Center has had a strong web presence since the early days of the World Wide Web in 1993. We now maintain 21 sites with content and tools to enhance science education for a broad audience.

Follow the "learn more..." links to explore the development of each site. Go directly to the site by clicking the screen shots or the web address.

Educational, Media-rich Sites

With private and federal foundation support, we continually develop educational, content-based Internet sites for audiences from middle school to adults.


Learn About Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Learn About SMA, developed with support from the Spinal Muscular Atrophy Foundation, is a resource for SMA patients, families and researchers, including stories of living with SMA and the science behind emerging therapies.

Weed to Wonder

A flexible "e-book" that can be viewed as a website, an app, or a printable PDF. The interactive e-book tells the story of the development of maize, from domestication, hybrid vigor, genome sequencing, and transposons, to genetic modification and biofortification of modern maize.

DNA from the Beginning

Discover the concepts and experiments that define the fields of genetics and molecular biology. This animated primer features the work of over 100 scientists and researchers.

DNA Interactive

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the DNA structure and the development of "DNA science." A large collection of videos and interactive 3-D animations provides an enriching experience.


Register for teacher-oriented resources including downloadable teacher guides, activities, and lesson plans. Build your own web page and online lessons using the DNALC's Lesson Builder.

Genes to Cognition (G2C) Online

Understanding how genes and other molecules contribute to human thinking – and disorders of thinking – remains one of the greatest challenges of modern times. Genes to Cognition (G2C) Online is a site modeled on principles of neural networking, which examines current research to discover the molecular and cellular basis of human thinking.

Simple Mapper

We used "simple mapper" technology to develop Genes to Cognition (G2C) Online. The Simple Mapper web site is a tool for you to create, save, and share concept maps, network diagrams, or flowcharts.

Image Archive on the American Eugenics Movement

Explore documents and photographs of the Eugenics movement from the early decades of the 20th century. Read annotated essays from social historians on subjects relating to the Eugenics movement.

Inside Cancer

Learn more about the pathways that lead to cancer and the molecular basis of new diagnostics and treatments. Explore the biology of a cancer cell.

Inside Cancer Teacher Center

Use Teacher Center to help your students understand how modern molecular and cellular genetics are integrated into ideas about cancer diagnosis, prevention, and treatment. Includes Atomizer, a tool for building custom multimedia presentations with content from Inside Cancer.

Your Genes, Your Health

Get clear explanations on the cause, inheritance, and treatment of 15 common genetic disorders. Watch video interviews with clinicians, researchers, healthcare providers, and patients who talk about the disorders.

Lab & Bioinformatics Sites

These sites are built around laboratory experiments and bioinformatics and were often developed in collaboration with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory scientists.


DNA Barcoding 101

DNA Barcoding 101 includes experimental method and supporting resources for using DNA barcoding to identify plants or animals – or products made from them. The site is also the home base for teachers and mentors participating in DNALC student research programs, including Barcode Long Island, Urban Barcode Project, and the Urban Barcode Research Program.

Barcode Long Island

BLI supports students as they study local biodiversity using DNA barcoding. BLI's mission is for students to gain an intuitive understanding of the crucial interdependence between humans and the natural environment.

Urban Barcode Project and the
Urban Barcode Research Program

The UBP and UBRP support student teams in the New York City metropolitan area using DNA barcoding to explore biodiversity.


Analyze your DNA with the Dolan DNA Learning Center's bioinformatics tools. Compare your DNA with other humans and other species stored in a database maintained by the DNALC.

DNA Learning Center Kits


Laboratories and accompanying computer activites supported by reagents and ready-to-use kits available from Carolina Biological Supply Company all in one place! Each lab includes online and printable protocols and interactive resources to enhance student understanding of lab concepts.

Dynamic Gene

Dynamic Gene

Learn about plant genomes by using bioinfomatics to analyze newly sequenced genes in rice and maize.

DNA Subway

As a member of the NSF-funded iPlant Collaborative, the DNALC has developed DNA Subway, a bioinformatics workspace that makes high-level genome analysis broadly available to biology students and educators.

Dynamic Gene


Gene Boy is a simple, multifunction DNA sequence analysis tool; analyze stored sequences or upload your own DNA sequence.

Genetic Origins

Find out what DNA tells us about human origins. Use your own DNA to explore relationships between different ethnic populations. Complete with laboratory protocols and information on how to send samples to the DNALC for sequencing.


Bring students up to date on advances in plant genetics and genomics by integrating laboratory experiences with online bioinformatics resources.

Lab Center

Coming for a hands-on laboratory field trip? Visit the Lab Center for laboratory pre-visit and follow-up materials. Lab protocol, video introduction, background, educational correlations, and more are provided for each of our most popular labs.

RNA-Seq for the Next Generation

RNA-Seq for the Next Generation supports development of a sustainable infrastructure and training program to assist undergraduate faculty in integrating RNA-Seq sequence analysis into course-based and independent student research.

Silencing Genomes

Silencing Genomes

Utilize this online lab notebook with an integrated experiment- and bioinformatics-based curriculum on RNAi in C. elegans. Access detailed laboratory protocols, photos and videos of C. elegans mutants, and a simple check-out system to obtain any of 80 C. elegans mutants and E. coli feeding strains.

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