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as Research Models. Information on researchers use
of certain organisms, called "model organisms,"
to learn how life works.
about DNA. The Dolan DNA Learning Center at Cold Spring
Harbor maintains an expansive resource on genetics, from the
basics of what genes are to the mechanics of what they do.
for Kids. A child-friendly introduction to cells, the
building blocks of all living things.
Ecology. Learn how termites maintain healthy ecosystems
by breaking down wood and returning nutrients to the soil.
Carbon Cycle and Global Warming. Information on carbons
role in life cycles and the effect of increased carbon dioxide
levels on global warming.
Carbon Moves Through the Environment. All about photosynthesis,
respiration, and the carbon cycle.
Microbial World. Information on the ecological role of
bacteria and other microbes.
Microbe Zoo. Learn about photosynthetic bacteria that
live in aquatic environments.
Oxygen Polluters. Information on cyanobacteria, the 3.5-billion-year-old
bacteria that produced enough oxygen to create the atmosphere
we depend on today.
a Bacteria Colony. Find out how bacteria help support
life on earth, and make your own bacteria communities, called
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Division. See an animated introduction to mitosis (the
process that makes new cells) and meiosis (the process that
makes sperm and eggs).
Urchin Embryology. Extensive resource on the fertilization
and development pathways of sea urchins, complete with animations
and time-lapse videos.
Human Embryo. A virtual tour through the 40 weeks of pregnancy
and the stages of human development.
Photo Gallery. Images of sperm from different species
and newly fertilized eggs.
Flower Patterns. See how a wide variety of flowers attract
bees with special UV patterns. Flowers shown with visible
light and UV filter.
Links to articles on a range of evolution-related topics,
from evidence of evolution and interpreting the fossil record
to investigations of human origins and an interview with E.O.
Fossils. A virutal museum explaining the science behind
fossils, and their role in revealing clues to evolutionary
events and patterns.
Breeding. A primer on breeding for special characteristics
in plants and animals through artificial selection.
Fruit Flies. This online Exploratorium exhibit looks at
genetic mutations in fruit flies.
Renovation of the Traits of Life exhibit labels in 2010 was supported through the generous support of the Genentech Foundation for Biomedical Sciences.
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