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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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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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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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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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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How Bumblebees are Going Extinct

In past decades, bumblebees could often be seen flitting through flower fields and gardens. However in recent years, bumblebees have become scarce and much more difficult to spot. According to a recent study, the odds of seeing a bumblebee in … Keep Reading

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Sounds of the Sea: Acoustic Monitoring

How do scientists study marine life without being able to detect them all visually? The answer lies in

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We’re All Stressed

As this semester in AP Biology has taught us, DNA and the processes it takes part in can be incredibly complicated. DNA replication, for example, is made up of numerous intricate steps and requires countless ‘moving parts’ to function appropriately. … Keep Reading

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Impossible Burger: Impossible to Put Down?

Veganism and vegetarianism have become increasingly popular in recent years. Restaurants across the globe have adapted to their customer’s lifestyles with a variety of meat-free menu options. One popular dish that has recently struck the internet is called the Impossible … Keep Reading

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Pick Your Character-istics

Since the beginning of time any family welcoming a new baby into their home, was never sure of exactly what they are getting. What if I told you the future is coming, what if the next time you plan on … Keep Reading

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Rats and Their Surprising Benefit to Human Psychology

Image from Wikimedia Commons Rats are often cited as some people’s number one fear, a gross sewer-dweller that many would never want to come face to face with. However, rats could be the key to solving an issue in modern … Keep Reading

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CRISPR Technology and Nanopore Sequencing Improves Future Cancer Treatment Techniques

Cancer is a major public health problem worldwide and is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Although cancer takes many forms, there are four that claim the lives of over a quarter of a million Americans … Keep Reading

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