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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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Karen Girdler's curator insight, May 23, 2017 8:49 PM
This site contains a number of accurate and beautifully presented animations.  Fantastic for Biology units and senior biology classes.  Year 10 students would benefit from this through their genetics unit as many struggle grasping meiosis and mitosis.  
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Gene therapy first to 'halt' most common cause of blindness

Gene therapy first to 'halt' most common cause of blindness | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
A woman from Oxford has been treated with gene therapy in a world first, in a bid to stop sight loss.
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Good article on the use of gene therapy to help with macular degeneration. Excellent graphics to explain the process.
 
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Why visual illusions appear in everyday objects – from nature to architecture

Why visual illusions appear in everyday objects – from nature to architecture | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
Optical illusions appear when our brains have trouble moulding raw sensory data into shapes and patterns. Designers have been exploiting this process for centuries.
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Fairly general article about illusions in nature. However, I haven't see the picture on the right before.
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Ancient Earth globe

Ancient Earth globe | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
Earth looked very different long ago. Search for addresses across 750 million years of Earth's history.
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Whoa! This is the interactive Plate Tectonics map. Put your address into this map and see what happens there over millions of years. For example, 120 million years ago, Adelaide, Australia (my city) was near the South Pole! 
 
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High School Biology Videos - Interactive Biology, Leslie Samuel

High School Biology Videos - Interactive Biology, Leslie Samuel | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
Are you taking High School Biology? If so, you want to have a strong foundation on topics like the scientific method, ecology, cells etc. Watch these videos
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A series of videos suitable for High School Biology set out in a useful structure. There are other resources available.
 
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Where Did Viruses Come From?

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An interesting study of the evolution of viruses. As it states, there are no viral fossils found in rocks but there are remnants of viruses found in the genomes of their hosts. If the virus has two or more hosts, then the virus is at least as old as their common ancestor.  The origin of these organisms is still up in the air but this video also tackles that topic. Well explained, good visuals and not too long although some terms might need explaining.
 
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Gross digestive system simulation - Google Slides

Gross digestive system simulation - Google Slides | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
Gross digestive system simulation Aim: to simulate the different aspects of the digestive system.
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Step by step practical going from food (such as oats, cheetos and bread) to poop.
Very graphical and very hands-on activity.
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Evolution: DNA and the Unity of Life

Evolution: DNA and the Unity of Life | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
Evolution: DNA and the Unity of Life is an eight-week, comprehensive curriculum unit that sharply illuminates the underlying role of genetics in evolution by maintaining a conceptual connection to DNA and heredity throughout. Through paper-based and interactive multimedia lessons, the unit aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) by engaging students in questioning, using models, identifying patterns, analyzing skill-level appropriate data from published scientific studies, and constructing evidence-based arguments.
 
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A great new resource from teach.genetcs.utah.edu. Four different modules with a genetics and evolution focus. They include reading, videos, interactives and hand-on activities. Brilliant.
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Cell Membrane Bubble Lab

Cell Membrane Bubble Lab | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
The other day I was meandering the web looking for new ways to teach about membranes, the cellular variety. In my search I was hoping to find something tangible for my students to experience that …
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Excellent lab to show the different structures of the cell membrane, how material can pass through the membrane whilst the membrane remains intact and how you can create 'holes' in the membrane to pass bigger molecules. Excellent hands-on activity.
This link is to a page containing a video which shows what you can do.

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The Inner Life of the Cell - Protein Packing [Narrated] [HD]

Protein Packing strives to more accurately depict the molecular chaos in each and every cell, with proteins jittering around in what may seem like rando
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Despite the fact that this video is three years old, the detail is amazing. Given the crowding of the cell, it is a wonder that anything gets done! The most interesting part is how kinesin pairs 'walk' a vesicle to the cell membrane.
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History of the United Kingdom revealed in its genes

History of the United Kingdom revealed in its genes | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
A genetics study finds subtle differences that reveal secrets about the history and ancestry of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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A very short article showing genetic diversity in the UK. In particular, it shows the Celt groups in England, Ireland and Wales are not as related as was once thought.
 
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INTERACTIVE: We mapped cancer rates across Australia – search for your postcode here

It's clear that socioeconomic position has a strong influence on cancer incidence and mortality in Australia.
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This is useful if you live in Australia. You can map out cancer rates in your suburb.
 
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Australia's Science Channel | The proteins that pull your cells apart

Australia's Science Channel | The proteins that pull your cells apart | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
World-first mitosis map shows the mechanics of cell division. Researchers have created the first interactive map showing the actions of the proteins that govern the process of cell division, a process known as mitosis. The map, published in the journal Nature, builds on a 2010 study by scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) – a research institute comprising specialists from […]
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A little esoteric but this is one of the first images to changes in protein distribution during mitosis. Hard to work out what is happening but, no doubt, it will get further refined.
 
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Scientists stunned by discovery of 'semi-identical' twins | Science | The Guardian

Scientists stunned by discovery of 'semi-identical' twins | Science | The Guardian | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
Boy and girl, now four, are only the second case of ‘sesquizygotic’ twins recorded
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A highly unusual case of two sperm fertilising one egg.
 
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BioRender

BioRender | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
Create Professional Science Figures in Minutes. Science graphics for journal figures, graphical abstracts, presentations and more.
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Wow. Create biological diagrams like a pro. Where have you been all my life! Holy crap.
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Watch Becoming Online | On Demand on

Watch Becoming Online |  On Demand on | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
BECOMING is a short film about the miraculous genesis of animal life. In great microscopic detail, we see the 'making of' an Alpine Newt in its transparant…
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Six minutes of time-lapse video of a salamander developing from an egg to a hatchling. You can see the development of the heart and the flow of blood. Stunning.
 
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BiologyGuide | AS & A Level Biology Revision

BiologyGuide | AS & A Level Biology Revision | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
Revision website designed for AS and A Level Biology students. Our notes cover the latest AQA specifications.
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This consists of a series of links on various topics (e.g. the cell, immunity and body systems). Each link provides a detailed series of notes related to the topic. Mainly text but still a useful set of notes for students.
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Body Systems Summary | Lucidchart

Body Systems Summary | Lucidchart | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
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A brief schematic summary of the main body systems using Lucid Chart. This diagram is in layers. The layers menu is accessible via the double arrow on the upper right. Choose layers and then reveal or hide layers to suit.
 
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Prehistoric Dolphins Had Long Snouts Due to Climate Change

Prehistoric Dolphins Had Long Snouts Due to Climate Change | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
A changing climate could have driven the evolution of bizarre species with snouts five times longer than the rest of their skulls.
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A short article on the discovery of fossil skeletons of dolphins with extremely long snouts. The reasons for the length and the demise of said dolphins are outlined in the post.
 
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Data Points | HHMI BioInteractive

Data Points | HHMI BioInteractive | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
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Great series of graphs from HHMI with a biology focus. Use these graphs with students to help them develop interpretive and analytical skills.
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Evolutionary Genetics: Genetics of lactase persistence – fresh lessons in the history of milk drinking

Evolutionary Genetics: Genetics of lactase persistence – fresh lessons in the history of milk drinking | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
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Not an easy read but the study of this mutation shows the detail involved in trying to determine its origin.
The significance of this is best explained in the article:
"Lactase non-persistence is the ancestral state, and lactase persistence only became advantageous after the invention of agriculture, when milk from domesticated animals became available for adults to drink. As expected, lactase persistence is strongly correlated with the dairying history of the population. This genetic ability to digest milk has been regarded as a classic example of gene-culture co-evolution, where the culture of dairying creates a strong selective advantage to those who can drink milk as adults, for only they can nutritionally benefit from the milk."
 
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Interactive Metabolic Pathways Map - New Edition

Interactive Metabolic Pathways Map - New Edition | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
Find and chart metabolic pathways intuitively with this interactive metabolic pathways map. Designed as a reference and guide for research and study, from MilliporeSigma.
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Fantastic interactive map of the main metabolic pathways in a cell (although it includes photosynthesis). It is interactive because you can click on a chemical e.g. an enzyme and it gives you more information in a small window. You can also zoom in and out for more detail.
 
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Modeling Nucleic Acids with Pipe Cleaners, Beads, and Paper Clips

Modeling Nucleic Acids with Pipe Cleaners, Beads, and Paper Clips | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
A while ago, I brainstormed and came up with some bead and pipe cleaner activities to help my students model proteins, carbohydrates, and lipid molecules.  For a year or two, I’ve been trying to figure out how to best show students what monomers are, what polymers are, and why they are important.  After all, they …
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Nice activity to model the creation of DNA from beads, pipe cleaners and coloured paper clips. I wonder if it could be extend to show transcription and translation.
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Hands-on Activities for Teaching Biology to High School or Middle School Students

Hands-on Activities for Teaching Biology to High School or Middle School Students | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
Teaching resources modelled on the idea that students will learn best if they are actively engaged and if their activities are closely linked to understanding important biological concepts.
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This Serendip site has a range of hands-on activities for Biology in a range of areas such as Cell Biology, Evolution and Ecology. It's free and Serendip has been around for a long time so they should be goo.
 
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Australia's Science Channel | Images reveal immune cells at work

Australia's Science Channel | Images reveal immune cells at work | Biology Education Resources | Scoop.it
Macrophages come to life thanks to cutting-edge microscopy. For the first time, scientists have seen in exquisite, real-time detail how immune cells survey their surroundings to detect threats to our health. The imaging also provides insights into how aggressive cancer cells sustain their growth. Dr Adam Wall and Dr Nicholas Condon from Professor Jenny Stow’s lab at UQ’s Institute for […]
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Animation showing how macrophages detect their surroundings.
 
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How Cells Become Specialized

How do cells in your body differentiate into other types of cells? Explore cell specialization featuring stem cells and their role in cell differentiation
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Excellent video by the Amoeba Sisters on differentiation. It is rare that my students are engaged by videos these days but my Biology class was fully absorbed for the whole time. These are 16-year-olds! Brilliant!
The 'Sisters' have a well-deserved reputation for producing good video content for the sciences.
 
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