Monthly Archives: April 2021

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Stem in Regenerative Medicine

Photo of stem cell differentiation from Wikimedia Commons Every biology student at some point has heard of the term “cell differentiation.” At the most basic level, cell differentiation is how cells become specialized in organisms to perform unique functions. This … Keep Reading


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Mammal Monday – Bye-Bye Woolly Mammoths

It is difficult to come across someone who has not heard of the Ice Age, both the period of time on Earth millions of years ago, as well as the block-buster film that follows a woolly mammoth and his animal … Keep Reading


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Mammal Monday – Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)Image from Wikimedia Commons Listen to the singing of Humpback Whales


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The Link Between Our Senses

Out of all the five human senses, vision and hearing are the most important, as they are crucial to daily life. An impairment of either of these two senses would be blatantly obvious to a person. But what about our … Keep Reading


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Frog Friday – Mascarene Ridged Frog

Mascarene Ridged Frog (Ptychadena mascareniensis)Image from Wikimedia Commons


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Unusual Uvulas: Useless or Underrated?

Have you ever wondered what that dangling thing is at the back of your throat? Does it have a purpose, or was it something our ancestors used long ago that serves no purpose to the modern Homo sapiens? The human … Keep Reading


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Humans Had a Third Eyelid. Yes, That’s Right.

Evolution is a controversial topic in this day in age, due to different beliefs about how us humans have evolved. One example of evolution scientists study are vestigial structures, which are organs, muscles, and cells that serve almost little to … Keep Reading


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Winged Wednesday – Strike A Pose

Great Indian Hornbill (Buceros bicornis)Image from Wikimedia Commons


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Negative Neurological Impact of Adderall in Children

In the four years between 2007-08 and 2011-12, there was a 56% increase in the diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder among preschoolers. Even more concerning, the National Survey of Children’s Health found that this diagnosis doubled among children 2-5 years … Keep Reading


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Human vs. Mouse: Not So Different?

The world is full of diversity. Organisms may be different colors, have different shapes, or have different behaviors, so how could they be considered similar? The answer lies in their core, where they are all constructed of DNA. DNA, also … Keep Reading


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Is Biotechnology the Answer to Food Allergies?

Eggs, milk, peanuts, wheat, tree nuts, fish, crustacean shellfish, and soy are the eight foods that make up the “big eight” list of food allergens as released by the United States Department of Agriculture. Together these eight foods cause 90% … Keep Reading


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Planet of the Brains

The difference between humans and other animals is often thought to be our complex thinking skills, introspection, and other advanced thinking processes. The advanced development of the human brain is our biggest asset and what we can thank for the … Keep Reading


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Mammal Monday – Stand By Your Manatee

West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus)Image from Wikimedia Commons Read more about this species here.


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Frog Friday – Can You Dig It?

Western Spadefoot (Spea hammondii)Image from Wikimedia Commons Listen to the call of the Western Spadefoot


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How Can We See Things?

Vision is a sense that a majority of animals have and seems almost essential in life. We almost take this crucial ability for granted. to How did the ability to see things arise, and what makes this possible?


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