OMIM......Oh My: Using The Online Mendalian Inheritance and Man Database

Overview & Concepts

This activity is designed to introduce students to The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) database.  Students will start by analyzing a patient's symptoms and correctly identifying the genetic disorder that is causing the problem.  Finally, the student will use OMIM to gather information about that specific genetic disorder.

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Concepts Covered: 

Online Mendalian Inheritance and Man, Diagnosis, Bioinformatics

Prior Knowledge Required: 

This activity requires knowledge of DNA, genes, protein synthesis and human genetics.  Basic computer skills are also required.

Activity Notes

Days to Teach: 

2 Days


Computers and internet access

Teaching Tips / Activity Overview: 

Day 1:

  1. Introduce the students to OMIM using the OMIM Tutorial

Day 2:

  1. Students will work in pairs and use OMIM to diagnose and learn more about a particular genetic disorder Using Part I and II of Using OMIM for Medical Problem Solving.  Students should finish for homework.


Ask questions to monitor student understanding.


This activity was adapted by Asportland from PKU Student Assignment by Scott Cooper, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Class Example for Medical Problem Solving, Franklin and Marshall Summer Bioinformatics Seminar.

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