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  • Snow Seeds

    Snow Seeds

    Image of the Week

    Snowflakes are generated when ice builds up on either dust particles or microorganisms in the atmosphere.

  • Friend and Foe

    Friend and Foe

    Image of the Week

    Endosymbiotic Wolbachia bacteria inhabit the germline tissue of the parasitic nematode, Brugia pahangi.

  • Genes as Medicine

    Genes as Medicine

    Short Film

    (17 min 16 sec) Watch the story of how gene therapy restored the sight of a nearly-blind young patient. Told from the perspective of two researchers who spent over 25 years working to develop this breakthrough technology, this short film chronicles their successes and challenges, and illustrates how the method works to treat inherited conditions.

  • Origins of Antibiotic Resistance

    Origins of Antibiotic Resistance

    Data Point

    Scientists collected bacteria from locations that had never been exposed to humans or modern antibiotics to determine if antibiotic resistance is newly evolved since the introduction of antibiotics or has evolved independently.

  • The Secret Life of Beewolves

    The Secret Life of Beewolves

    Image of the Week

    Cross-section through the antenna of a female beewolf, Philanthinus quattuordecimpunctatus.

  • Identifying the Key Genes for Regeneration

    Identifying the Key Genes for Regeneration

    Scientists at Work

    (9 min 55 sec) Planarians have an amazing ability to regenerate lost tissues. In this video, scientists knock out two different genes in planaria to start to understand how the process works—and they generate animals with two heads and two tails!

  • Stalking the Genetic Basis of a Trait

    Stalking the Genetic Basis of a Trait

    Activity

    In this activity students analyze data on the expression of the tb1 gene and use it to formulate an explanation as to how a specific difference in the corn version of the gene explains the phenotype of less branching.

  • The Beak of the Fish

    The Beak of the Fish

    Image of the Week

    The teeth of adult pufferfish are fused to form a beak used for crunching into hard prey such as shellfish.

  • Evolution At Warp Speed

    Evolution At Warp Speed

    Image of the Week

    Understanding the mechanisms of antibiotic resistance by bacteria is essential in the war against scary superbugs.

  • Vertebrate Declines and the Sixth Mass Extinction

    Vertebrate Declines and the Sixth Mass Extinction

    Data Point

    In this study, researchers measured species population declines on a global scale that may contribute to the sixth mass extinction.

  • BiomeViewer

    BiomeViewer

    Click & Learn

    An interactive to explore biomes, climate, biodiversity, and human impacts across the globe.

  • Eating Wood

    Eating Wood

    Image of the Week

    A soldier Dampwood termite (Zootermopsis nevadensis) in a nest gallery.

  • EarthViewer

    EarthViewer

    Click & Learn

    Download the accompanying student worksheet under "Downloads." What did Earth look like 250 million years ago? Or 1 billion years ago? Or 4.5 billion years ago? EarthViewer is an interactive tool that allows you to explore the science of Earth's deep history.

  • Virus Hunters: Epidemiology of Nipah Virus

    Virus Hunters: Epidemiology of Nipah Virus

    Activity

    In this activity, students will be exploring cases of Nipah virus (NiV) infection as an epidemiologist would, by collecting evidence and making calculations and predictions, based on scientific data.

  • Central Dogma and Genetic Medicine

    Central Dogma and Genetic Medicine

    Click & Learn

    This interactive uses the central dogma as a model for exploring how modern molecular biology technologies can be used to treat genetic diseases.

  • With A Little Help From My Microbiome

    With A Little Help From My Microbiome

    Image of the Week

    Koalas are able to spend most of their lives in the relative safety of eucalypt trees by virtue of a digestive system adapted to eating their leaves.

  • Fellow Travelers

    Fellow Travelers

    Image of the Week

    The human body is home to some thirty-nine trillion microbes that live in or on it.

  • What van Leeuwenhoek Saw

    What van Leeuwenhoek Saw

    Activity

    This hands-on activity helps students understand concepts related to building scale models by using cards of microorganisms and cells that were first visualized by Antonie van Leeuwenhoek.

  • Predator-Prey Relationship Dynamics

    Predator-Prey Relationship Dynamics

    Data Point

    In a study in Greenland, scientists examined whether changes in population densities of Arctic fox are related to changes in population densities of its main prey, the lemming.

  • Visualizing New Worlds

    Visualizing New Worlds

    Image of the Week

    Frederic Edwin Church’s oil painting, “The Heart of the Andes” caused quite a stir when it was unveiled in New York on April, 27, 1859

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