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Biology (Macroscopic )

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‘Tis the holiday season and, according to ancient lore, the time when miraculous events are most likely to take place. One of those well-known and miraculous events of ancient days was the birth of a son to a young girl, who, although she was married (Okay, I’m not sure about this part of the story)…

Sexual attraction is all in your brain. At least if you’re a nematode.

A reader from the UK sent me these lovely photos that he took of a jellyfish and asked for my help in identifying it. Unfortunately, while I’m pretty good with bacteria, plants, and tropical fish, my taxonomy skills don’t go much farther unless I have a sample of DNA. These photos were taken at La-Manga…

Charles Darwin was so fascinated by beetles he paid people to help him build his collection. The Coleopterists Society and the Smithsonian Institute want to help kids explore the wonders of beetles, too. They’re providing grants for kids, in grades 7-12 to work on beetle biology. Applications are due by November 15, 2007.

Some maggots have gotten good press lately because of their helpful ability to clean out wounds by consuming dead tissue. Screwworms however; also known as Cochliomyia hominivorax, will never be welcomed in an operating room or anywhere else. USDA Agricultural Research Service These are the creatures of nightmares. During part of their lives, they live…

What do malaria, sleeping sickness, yellow fever, and dengue virus have in common? Sure, they’re all tropical diseases, but there’s something else. All of these diseases have some kind of insect vector. image from the Public Health Library tags: tropical disease, yellow fever, sleeping sickness, insect control, malaria

tags: crows, intelligence, birds We don’t have the sorts of wild kingdom experiences in Seattle, that they have in Alaska, but we do see nature taking its course, from time to time, right out on our city streets. This morning, while walking the dog, I heard a gawdawful noise coming from around the corner. Naturally,…

I found it in the MeSH database. Really!

In the effort to help us define a few basic concepts, PZ started out by giving us a nice simple definition of a gene, but as he, rightly noted: I tell you right now that if I asked a half dozen different biologists to help me out with this, they’d rip into it and add…

I read about this in Science and immediately had to check it out. Instant gratification on the internet is such a wonderful thing! The Ed Kravitz lab has made movies of fights and even put them on the web for your viewing pleasure.