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Cells For Life

The Cells Alive Web site has received several awards for its clear explanation of cellular activity and animated graphics which accompany it. The content revolves about immune systems.

The Virtual Cell is not so dazzling as Cells Alive; the content, though, is extensive and interactive.

The Primordial Soup Kitchen at Wisconsin is a sampler of theories and examples from computer studies of "artificial life" -- for advanced students. The site includes free software you can download.

The Biology site at Arizona, intended for students in grades 7-12, displays up-to-date graphics and activities for the study of cells, including immunology. Many of the exemplars illustrates the development of HIV. Arizona has also developed a site which illustrates evolution thoroughly and engagingly, Becoming Human.

RasMol & Chime, molecular visualization freeware (free software), provides 3D visualization models of proteins and acids, helpful for grasping the concepts in several of the above sites.

Biology in Motion,developed by an inspiring teacher, uses the Web's animation capacities to illustrate such phenomenon as evolution, the cardiovascular system, and cell division. There are also free links to other topics and games. A dash of humor is present, too.

Vernier (and other vendors) offers sensors with measure grip, heart rate, blood pressure, and other physiological functions.

The Atomic Force Microscope can "see" how locusts and moths use their hearing systems to detect very faint vibrations. Imagine the atom's scale.

Scientists in England developed a technique for converting stem cells into the lining of lungs. For now it will apply to respiratory distress.

Fungus is a fun focus for younger scientists. The technique is a role-playing simulation of the lifecycle of the fungus for a full class.

Centre of the Cell from Great Britain, in addition to includeing much of the data above, alsoshows a section on ethics, an important topic in the stem cell debate.

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Perhaps because "inside" environments are not as readily accessible in the real world as it is in the virtual world these sites have been noticed in the telecommunications world.

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