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An eclectic collection of resources that might interest teachers of High School Biology.
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John Kyrk Animations

John Kyrk Animations | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
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The daddy-of-them-all in terms of accuracy of the animation, the range of animations available and the detail that John goes into. The above example is called "DNA replication".

Well worth a visit.

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Maria Monge's curator insight, October 14, 2014 6:16 PM

Merece la pena visitar este enlace para disfrutar de sus magnificas animaciones.

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Nuclear Pores Come into Sharper Focus | The Scientist Magazine®

Nuclear Pores Come into Sharper Focus | The Scientist Magazine® | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
Solving a long-standing structural puzzle will open the door to understanding one of the cell’s most enigmatic machines.
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An in-depth article (for me, anyway) on the structure and function of nuclear pores. For something I have considered just to be a 'hole', it turns out to be a very complex entry/exit and genetic mutations of the proteins that make up the pore are linked to various diseases such as certain cancers.  Although not an easy read, it is worth it.
For Biology teachers playing at home here (http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/47560/title/Infographic--The-Nuclear-Pore-Complex/) is a more detailed picture and article on the transport of mRNA from the nucleus to the cytoplasm.
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Cells - Critical thinking in science

This lesson introduces students to organelles, cells, and characteristics of the kingdoms. Students will begin their investigation at the organelle level and work up to the kingdom level. After students have created a study guide to cells, they will plan and complete an experiment to increase their knowledge and experience. This lesson is written using the 5E learning model, which includes five phases: engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate.
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Interesting set of practical activities and research to do with cells. However, this is but one site set up by LearnNC and it looks like it has lots of useful biology teaching resources.
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Pathogens and the immune system 

Pathogens and the immune system  | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
The cells of your body carry a unique set of antigens on the cell surface membranes that mark them out as your cells. Some of these antigens will be common to every other member of the human species, others will be unique to you as an individual. Your antigens will usually be more similar to those of your relatives than to those of total strangers. The only organisms with totally matching antigens are identical twins and clones.
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A summary of the main sources of infection and how the body deals with them. It includes some useful animations.
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Gerald Carey's comment, November 12, 6:31 AM
Even better. There is a download library! http://www.abpischools.org.uk/download-library/
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A Conductor of Evolution’s Subtle Symphony | Quanta Magazine

A Conductor of Evolution’s Subtle Symphony |  Quanta Magazine | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
At first, the biologist Richard Lenski thought his long-term experiment on evolution might last for 2,000 generations. Nearly three decades and over 65,000
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An overview of one of my favourite experiments in Biology. The weight of data on evolution and mutations collected by this man and his lab is astonishing.
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Structural Details of Endoplasmic Reticulum Revealed | The Scientist Magazine®

Structural Details of Endoplasmic Reticulum Revealed | The Scientist Magazine® | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
The ribosome-associated organelle consists of tightly packed tubes, not flat sheets as previously believed, according to new super-resolution microscopy images.
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This is not a long article but it is an interesting development on the structure of endoplasmic reticulum. The tube shape gives the e.r. a much more flexible structure. There is still a lot of mystery about how the e.r. functions.
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Solve The Outbreak

Solve The Outbreak | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
CDC - Page with menu-only navigation example description goes here
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An online game where you are given clues about an outbreak and then answer questions about what to do next. You gain points for correct answers and win badges as you complete 12 outbreaks (in Level 1).
It requires head phones but could be a worthwhile activity if you are studying epidemics.
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Healthy guts are swarming with bugs, so what do they do?

Healthy guts are swarming with bugs, so what do they do? | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
The make-up of our gut is constantly changing and affects everything from our immune system and digestion, to our brain function.
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A good overview of a topic that we could cover in the new Australian Biology syllabus.
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Video: Most of your eye’s color sensors don’t actually see color

Video: Most of your eye’s color sensors don’t actually see color | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
Color perception limited to a surprisingly few number of retinal cells
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A new technique which looks at the actions of individual cones, finds that a lot of them don't actually send a colour signal to the brain.
Nice animated video with a good introduction to how the eye 'works'.
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The Surprising Origins of How Dogs Came to Be

The Surprising Origins of How Dogs Came to Be | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
How and when wild wolves transformed into domestic pets has always been mysterious—until now.
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Very brief video illustrating the latest theory that dogs were domesticated twice.
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There is no such thing as a ‘good’ or a ‘bad’ microbe – Ed Yong | Aeon Essays

First we learned to fear germs, then we learned to love our microbiome. But both sides get the biology basically wrong
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A fascinating review of the relationships between microbes and us.  Ed Yong brilliantly describes various examples of these relationships to show that 'good' and 'bad' have no meaning in this context. It's just about having a relationship which sometimes can be of benefit, be neutral or can cause problems.
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Home | Infectious Diseases

Home | Infectious Diseases | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
This site provides an engaging and scientifically accurate set of instructional materials and resources aimed at deepening high school students’ understanding of infectious diseases and enhancing students’ skills in seeking out additional information they need to make informed decisions, and influence their behaviors in response to future outbreaks and epidemics that undoubtedly will occur
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A very professional looking web site covering causes of disease but focussing on epidemics.  Of particular interest is information on outbreaks of Ebola (there is a nice timeline you can wrestle with) and Measles.
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Power Couple | HMS

Power Couple | HMS | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
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How the nucleus and mitochondria work together to coordinate the function of the mitochondria.
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Dinosaur tail trapped in amber offers insights into feather evolution

Dinosaur tail trapped in amber offers insights into feather evolution | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
Fragment complete with fossilised bones and traces of muscles, ligaments and mummified-looking skin dates from around 99 million years ago
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First time a dinosaur fossil has being found with a feathered tail.
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Microreact - Hierarchical and Geographical Analysis Tool

Microreact allows you to link, visualise and explore your data using trees, maps and timelines.
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A visual representation of the spread of various diseases across the world, including Zika.  Very interactive and an amazing resource.
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Posters | The Human Cell

Posters | The Human Cell | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
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This picture does not give you the full effect of this poster, but the original is a pdf file and scoop.it doesn't handle them well. However, it is well worth a look as the image shows the 3D structure quite well. The poster also contains information about each organelle.  There is also a timeline of the history of the discovery of cells and their organelles.
Go here: http://www.sciencemag.org/sites/default/files/custom-publishing/documents/Human%20Cell%20poster_Front.pdf for the full poster.
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Molecular Workbench

Molecular Workbench | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
Molecular Workbench provides visual, interactive computational experiments for teaching and learning science.
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This site could be a boon for Biology teachers (and other science teachers as well). It is a series of java-based simulations which help students (and teachers) to see the dynamic nature of the subject. I have looked at the diffusion/osmosis applet and it is comprehensive.  You have to be careful with java but I think this is worth it.
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The Human Virome | The Scientist Magazine®

The Human Virome | The Scientist Magazine® | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
Some of our resident viruses may be beneficial.
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A reasonably complex article on viruses. It includes the range of viruses that infect humans, how we benefit from having those viruses and viral nuclear material in our DNA. A fascinating resource.
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Dental Detectives: What Fossil Teeth Reveal About Ancestral Human Diets

Dental Detectives: What Fossil Teeth Reveal About Ancestral Human Diets | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
From the thickness of tooth enamel to the molecular signatures on a tooth left behind by foods eaten by a human, fossil teeth hold many clues to the diets of our ancestors.
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This article is about the small pits and scars left on teeth (the author calls them 'foodprints'). They are a better indicator of what the owner of the teeth recently ate than the general shape of the teeth. They also look at what isotopes of carbon and nitrogen found in teeth can tell us about the recent diet of human that owned the teeth.
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The Body’s Ecosystem | The Scientist Magazine®

The Body’s Ecosystem | The Scientist Magazine® | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
Research on the human microbiome is booming, and scientists have moved from simply taking stock of gut flora to understanding the influence of microbes throughout the body.
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An article sharing details about the types of micro-organisms that live in different parts of the body. Warning: it does include the genital areas.
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Sorry David Attenborough, we didn't evolve from ‘aquatic apes’ – here's why

Sorry David Attenborough, we didn't evolve from ‘aquatic apes’ – here's why | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
David Attenborough's latest BBC documentary indulges wishful thinking over evidence.
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A review of the reasons why it was unlikely that we evolved from an aquatic version of our species.
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Gut reaction: the surprising power of microbes | Ed Yong

Gut reaction: the surprising power of microbes | Ed Yong | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
The Long Read: Most of us think of microbes as germs to be feared and killed. In fact they hold the key to improving our health – and may be the key to tackling obesity
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Fantastic read about the role of microbes in our body.  Too complex to summarise satisfactorily here, suffice to say that the study that Ed Yong focuses on uses mice that are bacteria free! 
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The Evolution of Bacteria on a “Mega-Plate” Petri Dish

In a creative stroke inspired by Hollywood wizardry, scientists have designed a simple way to observe how bacteria move as they become impervious to drugs
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Watch the evolution of bacteria in real time.
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Gerald Carey's comment, December 9, 5:27 PM
Here is Carl Zimmer's background story to the creation of the 'Mega plate'.
https://www.statnews.com/2016/12/08/superbugs-antibiotic-resistance-megaplate/
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Richard Dawkins, Mount Improbable: Play With Evolution

Richard Dawkins, Mount Improbable: Play With Evolution | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
30 years ago, Richard Dawkins wrote a suite of computer programmes to demonstrate evolution in action. Three decades on, Penguin has brought Dawkins’ unique programmes back to life, making them available to the world online for the first time.
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Online software designed to mimic the process of natural selection and evolution. Originally developed by Richard Dawkins.
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Inside the living body

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90 minute video on the body. Probably uploaded illegally but still a resource for Biology students.

Here is a backup version: https://youtu.be/iJPNGI-hFmM
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Slaughter at the bridge: uncovering a colossal Bronze Age battle

Slaughter at the bridge: uncovering a colossal Bronze Age battle | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
Grisly find suggests Bronze Age northern Europe was more organized—and violent—than thought
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This is not a story that directly relates to Biology as such. It is a story of how the evidence for a battle that occurred over 3000 years was gathered, interpreted and supported. It is a great example of how various scientific techniques were used to gather evidence about the battle, the soldiers that fought the battle and the reasons why the soldiers may have died. It is a fascinating story in it's own right but also shows how the scientific method works.  Evidence was collected, tentative conclusions were drawn, further evidence was collected and sometimes those conclusions were supported and sometimes they weren't. Great story.
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