Biology Studies Groups
This online web adventure from Rice University encourages students use the scientific method and science process skills to investigate infectious disease outbreaks.
Should You Use The Snooze Button?
The snooze button - one of life's luxuries. But is it really helping you out, or making you more tired?
A entertaining look at the biology of sleep. And how "obvious" assumptions are not always valid.
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The Biotechnology Institute, a non-profit, stirs interest in biotechnology and its potential for solving human health, food, and environmental problems, especially disease.
Invasive Species: Resource Library was prepared by the US Office of Agriculture. Many new discoveries have been found to strengthen crop production.
Biology: Exploring Life is a subscription service; teachers have contributed materials for high school classes. All the work is online, accompanied by study guides, projects, and problems. It is graphically appealing with solid concept development.
GenScope Project, developed by Paul Horwitz, is an advanced tool which links stored data (such as animations) to software objects with their own properties in disconnected online databases. Computers bridge the gap between a model and the physical world it represents. The domain is a nice application of genetics with multiple levels (DNA, chromosomes, organism, pedigree and population). While the software is content-rich and appealing to students, the major goal of this project is to demonstrate a model for science education.
The Human Genome Center at Lawrence Berkeley Labs shows sophisticated genetic data for advanced students.
With the human genome sequence completed, scientists around the world have access to a database that greatly facilitates and accelerates the pace of biomedical research. October 1, 2015 marked the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Human Genome Project.
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute offer special talks for high school students. The topics have been intriguing, such as "The Immune System - Friend or Foe" and "Senses and Sensitivity". Laboratory demonstrations are included, too. They are transmitted via satellite.
Look also at GeneticTrail - the story of a young person with a "flawed" gene.
Research tools for molecular biology are available at the CMS Molecular Biology Resource.
Use iCell for understanding a larger unit that molecule.
While the cost of accessing sites like Biology: Exploring Life may seem a bit expensive, it illustrates the effort by teachers to receive compensation for developing good stuff. Some schools have shifted entirely to online materials rather than a text.
Other Areas To Check Out...
• Integrating Math and the Arts
• Insects ... and Frogs, Too
• National Science Teachers Association - Content and Research
• Community-based Science Projects
• Anatomy - The Inside Story
• Equity Thru Community Technology Centers And Other Models