Exploring genomics at every age

Resources and helpful links about genomics and its possible applications in the real world

STEM Education

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education is key to accelerating breakthroughs in genomics and realizing its potential to improve human health. Building the future of genomics starts with preparing today’s youth to be tomorrow’s scientists, inventors, and innovators.

At Illumina, we are committed to inspiring the next generation through STEM education. We aim to motivate students to learn about their DNA, and to encourage educators to introduce genomics into the classroom. With these resources, we hope to empower students and teachers to explore the power of genomics at every age.

Adventures in Genomics
Adventures in Genomics

Explore amazing genomic discoveries and meet the scientists behind the breakthroughs.

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The Story of You: ENCODE and the Human Genome
The Story of You: ENCODE and the Human Genome

The Nature ENCODE Project created a DNA encyclopedia that shows how your genes make you unique.

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What is a Gene?
What is a Gene?

A simple overview of genetics that explains what genes are and what they do.

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What is CRISPR?
What is CRISPR?

A biologist explains the new gene editing technique at five different levels of difficulty.

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Introduction to Sequencing by Synthesis
Introduction to Sequencing by Synthesis

Watch next-generation sequencing in action and learn how it works.

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Crash Course: DNA Structure and Replication
Crash Course: DNA Structure and Replication

Discover what DNA is made of and how it replicates itself in the human body.

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Life Science Overviews
Life Science Overviews

Introductions to important topics in biology, including cell culture, next-generation sequencing, and polymerase chain reaction.

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Illumina Genomics Podcast

Listen to interviews with leading scientists as they discuss how genomics is shaping the way we think about our world.

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Illumina Video Hub
Illumina Video Hub

Find educational videos about how scientists are using our technology in new and creative ways.

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Online Genomics Course
Online Genomics Course

This self-guided course will help you learn the basics of genomics and how it relates to human health.

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STEM Curriculum for High School Students
STEM Curriculum for High School Students

These free lesson plans are designed to help teachers cover the basics of genetics in high school biology classes.

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DNA and RNA Models
DNA and RNA Models

The MIT Edgerton Center offers LEGO® models to help you teach students about DNA and RNA.

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STEM Curriculum: Discovering the Genome
STEM Curriculum: Discovering the Genome

This free curriculum includes videos, activities, and discussion questions to help students explore genomics.

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Cancer Genetics Lesson Plans

Interactive lessons for high school students to learn about cancer development, diagnosis, risk, and family history.

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Building a DNA Model for Grades 6–8
Building a DNA Model for Grades 6–8

Incorporate a hands-on activity into your curriculum to teach students how to model DNA.

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Genetics Lesson Plan for Grades 6–8
Genetics Lesson Plan for Grades 6–8

This free lesson plan is designed to teach students the basics of genetics.

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The National Human Genome Research Institute
The National Human Genome Research Institute

Explore your favorite STEM fields, watch tours and interviews, and browse career profiles.

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The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers
The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers

Scientists and engineers talk about their professional lives and personal hobbies in these short videos.

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Careers in Genetics
Careers in Genetics

Explore this list of resources from GeneEd to discover how to use genomics in multiple career fields.

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Careers in Cancer Research
Careers in Cancer Research

Find information about careers in cancer research and clinical trials, patient counseling, and medicine.

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