Origami As A Memory Aid - How to Use A Paper
What do the ancient Japanese art of origami and the study of Biology have in common? If your answer was limited to…
Rh Factor And Fetal - Mother Relation
The discovery of the Rh factor and understanding the roles of dominance in human genetics has led to many advances…
The Rare Blue Lobster
There have been several news items recently about Blue Lobsters being discovered. The incidence of sightings is much…
A Literary Crossover - Using Acrostics to Merge
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What Are the Colors Of A Rainbow? - Color Blindness
Are these socks yellow or blue? What about this tie? Is it red or green? Many people ask these types of questions to…
Biology Articles (52)
Using Analogies - A Useful Memory Aid for the Three Lines Of Defence
Learning is an interesting game because it involves the last and greatest frontier; the human brain. How do our brains process information and sort everything we know from everything we need to know? Why, despite carefully storing away the knowledge, does it fail to find it at the critical moment,…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   May 17, 2011  
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From Premature Messenger RNA to Mature RNA
In Eukaryote, transcription is when a nascent mRNA strand is form from a DNA strand. This course of action takes place inside the nucleus because that is where the DNA resides. One may think that after transcription, translation proceeds right after, but that is not the case. There are processes…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Jul 31, 2012  
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Cry Of the Cat: A Look Into Cri Du Chat
“Cat cry” or “call of the cat” is the literal translation of the genetic disorder known as Cri du Chat Syndrome. This disorder is a result of the deletion of a part of chromosome 5 in humans, one of the largest chromosomes in humans. Described in 1963, this rare genetic…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Sep 13, 2012  
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Jigsawing - A Creative Way to Learn Some Challenging Concepts
"I want to play a game." Unfortunately the above quote appearing with the word jigsaw is unlikely to bring you to a teaching strategy which is very successful in Biology. It is more likely to take to a series of movies which get exponentially worse the more of them they…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   May 28, 2011  
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Hemophilia: The Royalty Disease
Hemophilia is a disorder that ruins the individual's ability to control blood clotting. Blood clotting is the first step that allows us to heal when a blood vessel or part of our tissue is broken. For example, the scrapped knee a child gets when they fall off their bike heals…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Jul 24, 2012  
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Rh Factor And Fetal - Mother Relation
The discovery of the Rh factor and understanding the roles of dominance in human genetics has led to many advances in fetal biology. A common misconception between blood types and the passing of those blood types is that the mother and fetus must share the same blood type. This is…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Sep 13, 2012  
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Those Who Understand Teach - How Peer Teaching Can Be Used Effectively In A Biology Class
It is Aristotle who is quoted as saying "those that know do, those that understand teach". Whilst those outside the teaching profession have come up with a less complimentary version of this quote, those who have experienced the joys and frustrations of teaching know exactly what Aristotle was talking about.…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   May 22, 2011  
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'aisle Be Seeing You In All the Old Familiar Places' Thoughts on Efficiency, Radishes, And Unlikely Friendships That Enrich Lives
Author's program note. If you're English or an aging subject in one of the great Dominions beyond the seas; if you're, that is, one of the now fast dwindling number of World War II veterans, civil or military, from whatever piece of Earth on which the sun never set; if…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Jan 21, 2016  
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Hox Genes And Limb Formation
Hox genes are used to provide the anterior-posterior axis in organisms, in order to determine its basic structure and orientation of segments. What this means is all morphological traits and forms, in terms of segments, in the animal kingdom are guided by this specific gene. Hox genes contain a domain…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Apr 18, 2012  
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Bisulfite Sequencing
The base pair Cytosine can have a methyl group added to the 5 carbon position in its ring. Such and addition can lead to inappropriate silencing or expression of whatever gene that Cytosine may be apart of. To determine whether or not Cytosines were methylated in a particular gene, bisulfite…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Aug 01, 2012  
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Facts About Hair
Hair is interesting to think about in terms of how it genetically varies from person to person. It is fascinating that kids in a family can have different hair characteristics, such as color, thickness, and straightness, and all of them having the same parents. Why do some people lose their…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Aug 07, 2012  
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Mind Mapping - A Guide to Student Understanding In Biology
Let’s face it; summarising information is often a tedious, time-consuming task. The more strategies we have, the easy it is to do. One good method for summarising information is the mind map. Our minds make links between different pieces of information. Certain smells remind us of places we have visited.…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   May 29, 2011  
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The Rare Blue Lobster
There have been several news items recently about Blue Lobsters being discovered. The incidence of sightings is much higher than ever before and more are being taken in the Maine Lobster harvest this year. Why is this happening and what could the possible reasons be for the discovery of so…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Jul 24, 2012  
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How Cloning Works
Cloning is the process of producing an individual that is the exact genetic copy of another. This means the entire genome of an individual is replicated. Cloning can also involve the replication of DNA sequences. The cloning of organisms can be seen in nature, occuring in the birth of identical…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Sep 15, 2012  
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Tackling Tricky Terminology - Tools to Teach the Language Of Biology
Biology often cops an unfair rap as the soft Science. Whilst it's true it may not require the mathematical sophistication of a Physics or Chemistry course the terminology challenge is worthy of a language course all of its own. One of the great challenges facing any student of biology, and…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   May 23, 2011  
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New Era Of Smart Photovoltaic Power Plant Comprehensive Partnership Between & Huawei
  Powerway had recently announced that an official cooperation agreement was entered with Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd, the leading global information and communications solution provider.   The union of the two strong partners desires to integrate Powerway’s PV tracking system with Huawei’s Fusion Solar Smart PV system and push out an advanced…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   May 30, 2016  
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Blue Eyes
For the most part, people admire colored eyes and have a tendency to stare at them. Nobody really thinks about where the eye color comes from or of any positive or negative factors that come from having colored eyes. The color of the iris is controlled by the amount of…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Apr 18, 2012  
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DNA Methyltransferase
The molecule DNA methyltransferase plays an important role in gene regulation and more specifically the regulation of the epigenome in cells. DNA methyltransferases are found in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms, but differ slightly in their functions. In most prokaryotes, methyltransferases are responsible for the methylation of adenine and cytosine…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Jul 31, 2012  
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Transcription and Translation Analysis
Transcription is when DNA is copied into an RNA sequence through a series of processes. This occurs in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes involving different factors. Prokaryotes do not have nucleus and contains only one RNA polymerase which binds to a sigma factor located at the -35 region to recognize the…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Sep 13, 2012  
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A Literary Crossover - Using Acrostics to Merge Biology And Biography
In the present multimedia age, there is really no excuse for letting any opportunity to go by without some attempt at curriculum crossover. The techno natives have grown up with application software, games which test lateral thinking, decision making and problem solving skills and a phone that can be almost…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   May 30, 2011  
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Road to the Discovery Of DNA As the Genetic Material
Although it is now well known that our genetic material is composed of DNA, scientists in the beginning of the twentieth century did not believe so. They could not believe that such complicated species were composed of simple nucleotides. They hypothesized that the genetic material was made of carbohydrate, protein,…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Jul 25, 2012  
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Codominance And Incomplete Dominance
Incomplete dominance and Co-dominance are two different aspects of looking at a third phenotype. It produces an intermediate form of inheritance which can only be shown through the phenotype, as its genotype will always be one dominant allele and one recessive allele. Co-dominance is when the phenotype expression is a…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Sep 13, 2012  
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Preparation is Paramount - How to Make Sure You Are at Your Peak for the Biology Exam
Several great, and many not so great, historical figures have said words to the effect of "He who fails to plan is planning to fail". Perhaps most notably attributed to Winston Churchill during World War II, this quote has been flogged to death at motivational and self-help seminars the world…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   May 24, 2011  
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Why Distance Learning is A Perfect Option for Learners
Few of us get a calling. It’s a fact. Most of us simply have no idea what it is that we really want to do with our lives – whether it’s at 18, 28 or 38 – and it’s often the case that we fall into a role or career…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Jun 04, 2012  
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Using Alliteration to Teach Biology; the 4 Cs Of Kochs Postulates
Alliteration is both a literary tool and an excellent memory aid. Perhaps most famous in those tortuous tongue-twisters of our youth; as if anyone would buy sea-shells from a seller on the sea-shore, they can also be employed to great effect in your Biology classroom. Koch's postulates are a series…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   May 18, 2011  
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Protein Synthesis In Eukarotes
In living organisms, translation is the process by which proteins are created through animo acid sequences. In eukaryotes, the process is slightly different than in prokaryotes. This process occurs on the rough endoplasmic reticulum, or the rough ER. The main factors in this process are the tRNA, or Transfer RNA,…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Sep 13, 2012  
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Animal And Plant Cells
Cells are the basic unit of life. Cells come in two categories: Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic. Prokaryotic cells have no nucleus and they are the smallest living things. Bacteria is the only cells that are prokaryotic. Different structures that can be found in a prokaryotic cell include cytoplasm, chromosomes, ribosomes, plasma…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Jun 14, 2013  
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Role Play - A Strategy to Teach the Complex Process Of Protein Synthesis
How do you explain complex processes like protein synthesis to students? There are so many things going on that it can be very hard to focus on the correct sequence of events and the particular molecules involved. This is where we need to use multiple strategies to increase student understanding.…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   May 31, 2011  
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The Analysis Of An Autosomal Pedigree
In genetics, what is a pedigree? To answer this question, a pedigree is the overview of a family showing which member has a certain disease, which member is a carrier of the disease (heterozygous), and which member is not affected with the disease. The pedigree depicts the phenotypes of the…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Jul 28, 2012  
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Albinism And Lack Of Melanin
Albinism is a rare disease that results when two parents that carry the recessive allele for the disease mate and have an offspring. The disease will result in an offspring that does not have any color to the eyes, hair, and or skin. This is due to the absence or…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Sep 15, 2012  
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