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  1. #1 Understandable Genetics help...where can I find it? 
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    Hey everyone!

    I am currently taking a 300-level Genetics class and I am definitely struggling. My book confuses me more than anything, and the only real useful videos I'm seeing are from this MindBites website, but everything there costs money. Any advice on where I could go for some better explanations on Genetic topics (Mitosis, Meiosis, Linkage, Crossing Over, Etc)?

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    I do not know which book it is that you are using, however I found 'Genes' (Lewin B) and 'Molecular Bioogy of the Cell' (Alberts et al) particularly useful when trying to understand molecular genetics. Everybody has their own ways of learning - audio, visual, kinaesthetic etc. It may prove useful to take a combinatorial approach; e.g. with your lecturers' permission, perhaps you could record lectures so as not to miss any details... make your own posters... use real-life models of subcellular processes (one of my lecturers once did this with the Trp Operon using a wooden stick, some rope and plastic balls - I still remember it vividly). Also - there tend to be fairly good videos available on YouTube.. however, the most factually correct and trustworthy videos can normally be found on DVDs accompanying textbooks - both Genes and MBOC come with associated DVDs, I think.

    It is also a good idea to share ideas and thoughts with your fellow students, the chances are that you will be able to achieve more by working together and contributing different bits of knowledge and understanding than you would if studying alone.

    Finally, why not ask your lecturer - that's what they're there for.


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