Who are we?
Hands On Genetics is a company producing computer programs for the teaching and learning of genetics. An editorial board of academic geneticists is responsible for the content of programs.
What are the programs?
The Hands On Genetics set consists of 12 programs, each of which is a free-standing program, running either on the Macintosh or under Windows. The programs need to be downloaded from the internet, but once they are downloaded they run independently.
Demonstration of programs
You can see what the programs do in two ways. The first is to click on the title or icon of any of the programs, which will take you through a series of screens illustrating one use of the program. The second way is to download the programs. Each runs in a demonstration mode, which shows a limited selection from the program.
A key must be entered in order to convert the programs into full running mode. This key requires a name to be entered, and displayed when each program is run. You can click here in order to receive the key.
For whom are the programs intended?
Two slightly different versions of the programs are available.
- A site license version is intended for use in classes. The person running the class decides on how the program should be presented to students.
- The individual version of the program is for the immediate use of students who want to consolidate their knowledge.
The programs are intended for the learning of genetics, whether this is done at school or university level, or by private study. They are best used in conjuction with a class or textbook which explains the concepts. The programs test and reinforce the student's knowledge through examples which use these concepts. This is based on our perception that the crucial step in understanding the genetics concepts is in applying them to solve problems.
Windows and Macintosh
Different programs are available for Windows and Macintosh. Windows versions require Windows 95 onwards. Please email us for versions running under Windows 3.1. Macintosh versions running under OSX will run only in Classic mode.
Programs can be run on individual machines or on a local area network. Although they are available for download over the Internet, they cannot be run over the Internet. All programs require at least a 640 x 480 screen, although an 800 x 600 screen is optimal for some.