Arabidopsis Thaliana: Biology’s Model Organism
Arabidopsis Thaliana is one of the many key organisms that biologists use to study development, gene expression, gene…
Online Biology Tutor Helps One Strike Stupendous
Biology is a branch of Science that deals with us and the living world around us. Students who are interested in Biology…
A Literary Crossover - Using Acrostics to Merge
In the present multimedia age, there is really no excuse for letting any opportunity to go by without some attempt…
The Rare Blue Lobster
There have been several news items recently about Blue Lobsters being discovered. The incidence of sightings is much…
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…
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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Pyrosequencing, Broken Down
As our genome libraries and the need to conduct genetic screening continue to grow, newer and more innovative ways of sequencing also increase. One general term used for a more recently developed method is sequencing by synthesis. This is the method of sequencing a stretch of DNA by utilizing some…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Jul 30, 2012  
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The Genetic Link to Alzheimer's Disease
Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological brain disorder that develops with age. The disease is the most common form of dementia, which results in memory loss and confusion. AD causes problems with mental function becoming increasingly severe with age. Cognitive function such as emotional behavior, personality, language, memory, perception, and thinking…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Sep 19, 2012  
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Assimilation - How Do We Ensure Students Remember What We Are Trying to Teach Them?
I love using similies and metaphors in teaching. Once of the ways people learn is to place something unknown next to something known and make a link between them. Similies and metaphors by their nature link two different things together, so using them is a simple matter of identifying the…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   May 26, 2011  
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Triple X Syndrome: The Model Syndrome
“All models are dumb.” This common stereotype could be somewhat accurate due to a genetic problem. The genetic problem I am referring to is commonly called Triple X syndrome, which occurs only in females. Triple X syndrome is a genetic defect that leads the female in question to have three…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Jul 12, 2012  
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The Meslson - stahl Experiment
Most people know that when our DNA replicates, it does not simply produce an entirely new copy of itself. Rather, it splits into two strands and each strand will duplicate itself. This is known as semiconservative replication, and results in DNA made up of one old strand, and one new…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Sep 13, 2012  
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Origami As A Memory Aid - How to Use A Paper Folding Technique to Assist In the Teaching Of Biology
What do the ancient Japanese art of origami and the study of Biology have in common? If your answer was limited to the beautiful swans which can be produced from a piece of paper, then I have a treat in store for you. The origami I used is certainly not…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   May 20, 2011  
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Online Biology Tutor Helps One Strike Stupendous Scores In Finals
Biology is a branch of Science that deals with us and the living world around us. Students who are interested in Biology enjoy the subject but they fumble during exam time due to the vast portions they need to cover and the hard terminologies they need to remember. Well, when…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Aug 14, 2015  
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Genetic Engineering In Seed – Beware the Power Of Industrial Giants
Genetic engineering, or the modifying of plant genetics, is a ruse by industrious companies, seeking bigger profits, with a total disregard to the environmental and consumers health. Doug Gurian-Sherman a plant pathologist and senior scientist in the USA, states that transgenic seed may lessen the use of pesticides but increases…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Feb 26, 2012  
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Arabidopsis Thaliana: Biology’s Model Organism
Arabidopsis Thaliana is one of the many key organisms that biologists use to study development, gene expression, gene regulation, and plant genomics. This small plant has no economic value to scientists; however, this does not mean that it is unfunctional. The genome of this plant was the very first to…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Jul 30, 2012  
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Depression And Gene Expression
Depression is one of those studies that are still debatable and is still up in the air. Depression is when an individual lacks the energy for life, and feels hopelessness. They also have a very unstable mental state of mind and can possibly be harmful to themselves. Does this have…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Sep 15, 2012  
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Evolution - Dont Debate the Theory, Just Apply the Mechanism
Evolution! Few scientific theories engender the same emotion or passion than the theory of evolution. Whether the criticism or defence has more to do with religion or Lamarckianism doesn't really matter. To argue about evolution is rather to miss the point. Most of the questions that your average high school…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   May 29, 2011  
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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 themselves everyday. People who are colorblind have a hard time distinguishing between different colors under normal lighting conditions. The most common types of colorblindness are those who…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Jul 18, 2012  
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How Genetics Leads to Evolution
Evolution is a gradual process that takes place in populations of organisms and selects the organisms that are best fit for their environment. Via natural selection, organisms with advantageous traits, which enhance their ability to survive, are able to reproduce. By reproducing, these advantageous traits are passed along to offspring…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Aug 27, 2012  
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Its Not All Roses - Google Has Announced Its Intentions to Spread Into the Social Sphere Aggresively
Luke Skywalker's lament was that his father used his powers for evil, in spite of the fact he felt the conflict within. Most of us have felt similar conflict at times. Life occasionally throws up opportunities for us to test our values and priorities. Are we driven by money, morals,…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   May 21, 2011  
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Here Are A Few Things You Need To Know About Protein Arrays
It wouldn’t be possible for the researchers to endeavor huge milestones the way they have achieved overtime in the molecular biology, without devising methods for Protein Array. The reason behind this is the fact that unlike the DNA, proteins are unstable, i.e. they function in a quite narrow temperature range…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Dec 29, 2015  
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Bacteriophage: Seeing the Nonliving Live
How is it possible to consider something that is nonliving and yet, observe its functions and generate a universal name in the world of Biology? Bacteriophage is a word that originated from the common term “bacteria” and the Greek term “phagein” meaning to devour. The general function of the common…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Biology   Mar 21, 2012  
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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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