Monthly Archives: March 2020

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Evolution Versus Creation: The History of the “Controversy” in American Public Education

Should evolution be taught as an accepted theory in American public education or is there a controversy that needs to be taught? This question has been one that has been fought over and in courtrooms and debated over in the … Keep Reading


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What Exactly is Evolution?

Evolution is all of the cumulative changes that happen in a population over time. These changes are then produced at a genetic level as organisms’ genes mutate and/or recombine in different ways during reproduction and are passed onto future generations. … Keep Reading


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Mammal Monday – Un-Bear-ably Adorable!

Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca)Image from Wikimedia Commons Read more about this species here.


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Frog Friday – Silence Is Golden

Golden Toad (Incilius periglenes)Image from Wikimedia Commons Sadly, this amazing creature is thought to be extinct. It has not been seen since 1989. So sad.


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Winged Wednesday – Ha! Good One!

Saddle-Billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis)Image from Wikimedia Commons


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The Application and Importance of Statistics in Biology

Recently in AP Bio, students have been doing many experiments in which they use null hypothesis to see if the events that occur in the experiment are due to chance or if there is some other factor that is affecting … Keep Reading


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Mammal Monday – Say Ahhhh!

Common Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)Image from Wikimedia Commons


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HIV: Incurable No Longer?

An HIV patient has undergone stem cell transplantation with a donor possessing an HIV resistant gene, and the patient has shown no signs of the HIV virus since the procedure. Scientists tested the patient 30 months after completing treatment, and … Keep Reading


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Frog Friday – TREEfrog?

New Granada Cross-Banded Treefrog (Smilisca phaeota)Image from Wikimedia Commons Listen to the call of the New Granada Cross-Banded Treefrog


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Plants And Their Protection Against The Sun

Plants need sunlight for photosynthesis, but sometimes too much sunlight can interfere with the process of photosynthesis. The sunlight is used as energy for the plant in photosynthesis where the light will go into the light reactions and eventually into … Keep Reading


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The First Proven Method to Grow Human Blood Vessels

The ability to grow human-derived blood vessels in a pig was recently proved with a new approach that has the potential for providing unlimited human vessels for transplant purposes by researchers at the University of Minnesota Medical School, an innovative … Keep Reading


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How Does COVID-19 Work?

“Coronavirus,” a word we have heard a multitude of times over the past three months. It has caused global panic which has led to schools and offices banning in-person contact, items flying off of the shelves in stores, and people … Keep Reading


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Winged Wednesday – Conk-La-Ree!

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)Image from Wikimedia Commons The call of the Red-winged Blackbird is a familiar sound of the wetlands. Listen to the call of the Male Red-winged Blackbird


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Precision Medicine Targets Genetic Mutations Causing Chédiak-Higashi Syndrome

All living organisms consist of carriers of genetic information called DNA. These molecules are responsible for carrying genetic instructions regarding the development and function of living creatures, and sometimes DNA is damaged, resulting in the altering of that genetic message, … Keep Reading


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Mammal Monday – So Long, Solenodon?

Hispaniolan Solenodon (Solenodon paradoxus)Image from Wikimedia Commons The Hispaniolan Solenodon is one of several endangered mammal species that have been featured on Mammal Monday.


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