Silencing Genomes [Macromedia Flash Player]
While we may have complete genome sequences for humans and some animals, scientists are now entering the “post genome” era. The challenges of this era include determining the physiological functions of the thousands of new genes “for which little is known beyond their sequences.” The use of RNAi, along with bioinformatics, can provide scientists with the tools to determine these functions in living organisms. This interactive and informative site, created by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, allows visitors to learn about the ways in which RNAi functions. Additionally, the site has a “Resources” area which contains more materials on RNAi (such as interviews with scientists)
Science News for Kids
Inside the Brain: An Interactive Tour
What happens in the brain of a person with Alzheimer´s disease? This tour explains how the brain works and how Alzheimer´s affects it.
Welcome to the ASPCA AnimaLessons
The ASPCA AnimaLessons teacher newsletter is published quarterly. Each issue contains a feature article about animals accompanied by four reproducible, classroom-ready handouts for grades K-8.
Biological Diversity: Classification
Taxonomy is that branch of biology dealing with the identification and naming of organisms. The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle apparently began the discussion on taxonomy.
In biology, binomial nomenclature is a standard convention used for naming species. As the word ´binomial´ suggests, the scientific name of each organism is actually the combination of two names: the genus and the species.
An educational outreach program for K-12 classrooms. The project provides a resource to classrooms so that they may remotely operate a scanning electron microscope to image "bugs" at high magnification. The microscope is remotely controlled in real time from a classroom computer over the Internet using a web browser.
Iowa State University Entomology Image Gallery
Photographs and movies of insects and the damage they cause.
How to Construct and Use a Dichotomous Key
A dichotomous key is a biological tool for identifying unknown organisms to some taxonomic level. It is constructed of a series of couplets, each consisting of two statements describing characteristics of a particular organism or group of organisms.
The Jane Goodall Institute
The Jane Goodall Institute advances the power of individuals to take informed and compassionate action to improve the environment for all living things. With Dr. Jane Goodall´s words and example as guiding principles, the Institute inspires hope for a brighter future.
Life of Birds
Flight, feeding, adaptation and evolution are the themes of these lessons designed for students in grades 6-12. Adaptation suggestions for younger students are also provided. These avian activities allow students to create a feeding frenzy, conduct field studies, and explore the aerodynamics of wing design.
Living with Wildlife Program
The MSPCA´s Living with Wildlife program encourages people to understand and tolerate our wild neighbours, through education and by helping communities solve human-wildlife conflicts.
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts
Through games, photo galleries and expert audio, meet the bizarre-looking mammals that rose after dinosaurs died out millions of years ago.
An interactive educational web site which focuses on whales and marine research.
The Whole Frog Project
Computers can´t teach everything in anatomy, but they can teach some things better, either by themselves or through synergy with conventional methods. Try out this award-winning virtual frog- as a case in point.
This web site highlights the National Museum of American History´s varied collection of papier-mâché anatomical models and provides additional in-depth information not included in the original three-dimensional exhibition. The exhibit showcases two major themes. It explores the history and use of papier-mâché anatomical models, and, then focuses on their construction, conservation, and preservation.
The Biology Project
An interactive online resource for learning biology. The Biology Project is fun, richly illustrated, and tested on 1000s of students. It has been designed for biology students at the college and high school level, but is useful for medical students, physicians, science writers, and all types of interested people.
Biological Resources Division
The organization of the Biological Resource Discipline (BRD), as evidenced by the BRD Organizational Chart, is an outgrowth of the BRD mission -- to work with others to provide the scientific understanding and technologies needed to support the sound management and conservation of our Nation´s biological resources.
An online exploration of The Heart.
Exploring the Structure of Materials.
Visible Human Server
Provides applications to extract slices, surfaces, animations, 3D scenes extracted from the Visible Human Datasets.