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Kimball's Biology Pages
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The pages represent an online biology textbook created by Professor John W. ...

The pages represent an online biology textbook created by Professor John W. Kimball who taught at Harvard, Tufts, and Phillips Andover Academy before he retired. He now maintains this free biology book, constantly updated and set up for easy browsing and searching.

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Biology
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Kimball's Biology Pages
Author:
John W. Kimball
Living With Her Genes: Early Onset Familial Alzheimer's Disease
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When a 30-year-old genetic counselor learns that her 38-year-old sister has developed ...

When a 30-year-old genetic counselor learns that her 38-year-old sister has developed early onset familial Alzheimer's disease (EOFAD), a dominantly inherited disorder that led to their father's death at age 42, she struggles with whether to undergo genetic testing and whether to have children. This interrupted case study examines the impact of genetic testing on people and their families when there is no treatment or cure for a disease. It covers principles of Mendelian inheritance as well as genetic and reproductive technologies ,such as gene tests, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, and in vitro fertilization. It can be used in introductory biology courses for both majors and non-majors or adapted for more advanced courses in genetics and molecular biology.

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Life Science
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Case Study
Instructional Material
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National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
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Case Study Collection
Author:
Alice M. Stanford
Deborah D. Wygal
Lynne H. Gildensoph
Malnutrition, DNA Replication, Development, and Schizophrenia Homework Problem
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At the beginning of a DNA, DNA replication, and mitosis unit, students ...

At the beginning of a DNA, DNA replication, and mitosis unit, students are given a short science news article summarizing a recent research paper. This assignment links the article to figures and key techniques from a related journal article, requiring students to apply and transfer the knowledge they gained in the unit.

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Education
Life Science
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Activities and Labs
Homework and Assignments
Instructional Material
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Starting Point (SERC)
Author:
Debby Walser-Kuntz
Sarah Deel
Susan Singer
Marathon Mouse
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Dr. Ronald Evans discusses the so-called "marathon" mouse, with a mutation in ...

Dr. Ronald Evans discusses the so-called "marathon" mouse, with a mutation in the PPAR-gamma gene, and its performance on a treadmill relative to a normal mouse. This video is featured on the DVD Science of Fat, available free from HHMI. This video is 52 seconds in length, and available in MOV (6 MB) and WMV (8 MB). All Obesity videos are located at: http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/obesity/video.html

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Health, Medicine and Nursing
Anatomy/Physiology
Biology
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Video Lectures
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Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Measuring Circadian Activity in Drosophila
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This animation series shows four experiments that compare the activity patterns of ...

This animation series shows four experiments that compare the activity patterns of a wild-type fly keeping a normal schedule with those of a mutant fly apparently following a 19-hour internal clock.

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Health, Medicine and Nursing
Biology
Chemistry
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Video Lectures
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Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Meet the Geneticists
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Meet the OLogists is part of OLogy, where kids can collect virtual ...

Meet the OLogists is part of OLogy, where kids can collect virtual trading cards and create projects with them. Here, they can learn more about three kids and one scientist whose curiosity focuses on genetics: Emily, a 12-year-old from New York who is interested in her genetic ability to curl her tongue and in her cat's colorings. Logan, an 11-year-old from Washington State who has a plan for scientists interested in cloning a woolly mammoth. Seth, a 12-year-old from Kansas who got excited about genetics when he visited an agronomy farm. Rob deSalle, a molecular biologist who answers kids' questions, including "Do all species of plants and animals have the same amount of DNA?"

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Biology
Genetics
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American Museum of Natural History
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American Museum of Natural History
Microbiology in Jeopardy
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This group learning activity involves students in an engaging review of concepts ...

This group learning activity involves students in an engaging review of concepts of microbiology. The review is set up as a power point presentation in the style of the "Jeopardy" gameshow where students groups compete against each other to answer review questions.

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Education
Life Science
Chemistry
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Stephen C. Wagner, Stephen F. Austin State University
Modern Biology
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This course covers specialized and somewhat advanced topics in the fields of ...

This course covers specialized and somewhat advanced topics in the fields of cellular biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics. It does not cover organismal biology or taxonomy. The course is carefully planned to provide the background that biology students will need for advanced biology classes. Non-biology majors will also find this course useful as it explains many of the concepts and techniques currently discussed in the popular press.

This course is built around six key concepts that provide unifying explanations for how and why structures are formed and processes occur throughout your study of biology. Because it is not possible to cover the breadth of modern molecular biology in one semester, an understanding of these key concepts will provide a basis for extension of your knowledge to biological systems beyond the specifics covered in this course. One of the major goals of the course therefore is for you to not only learn the definitions of the concepts but also learn to recognize when they are operating the process being studied.

Topics covered include: Biological Chemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular biology, and Metabolism.

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Biology
Genetics
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Interactive
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Carnegie Mellon University
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Open Learning Initiative
Molecular Biology
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After a historical introduction to molecular biology, this course describes the basic ...

After a historical introduction to molecular biology, this course describes the basic types of DNA and RNA structure and the molecular interactions that shape them. It describes how DNA is packaged within the cellular nucleus as chromosomes. It also describes the core processes of molecular biology: replication of DNA, transcription of DNA into messenger RNA, and translation of messenger RNA into a protein. These are followed by modifications of these basic processes: regulation of gene expression, DNA mutation and repair, and DNA recombination and transposition. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: discuss the experimental findings that lead to the discovery of inheritance laws; discuss the experimental findings that lead to the identification of DNA as the hereditary material; compare and contrast the structure and function of mRNA, rRNA, tRNA, and DNA; identify the characteristics of catalyzed reactions; compare and contrast enzyme and ribozyme catalyzed reactions; discuss the structure of the chromosome and the consequence of histone modifications in eukaryotes; discuss the stages of transcription, differential splicing, and RNA turnover; predict the translation product of an mRNA using the genetic code; compare and contrast transcription and translation in prokaryotes and eukaryotes; identify codon bias and variations of the standard genetic code; compare and contrast the regulation of prokaryotic and eukaryotic gene expression; predict the activation of an operon and tissue specific gene expression based on the availability of regulators; compare and contrast mutations based on their effect on the gene product; discuss DNA repair mechanisms; discuss DNA recombination, transposition, and the consequence of exon shuffling; design custom-made recombinant DNA using PCR, restriction enzymes, and site-directed mutagenesis; compare and contrast the uses of model organisms; discuss the uses of model organisms in specific molecular biology applications. (Biology 311)

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Biology
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Full Course
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The Saylor Foundation
Molecular Biology, Spring 2005
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Detailed analysis of the biochemical mechanisms that control the maintenance, expression, and ...

Detailed analysis of the biochemical mechanisms that control the maintenance, expression, and evolution of prokaryotic and eukaryotic genomes. Topics covered in lecture and readings of relevant literature include: gene regulation, DNA replication, genetic recombination, and translation. Logic of experimental design and data analysis emphasized. Presentations include both lectures and group discussions of representative papers from the literature.

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Literature
Biology
Material Type:
Full Course
Textbooks
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Baker, Tania
Bell, Stephen
Molecular Biology for the Auditory System, Fall 2002
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An introductory course in the molecular biology of the auditory system. First ...

An introductory course in the molecular biology of the auditory system. First half focuses on human genetics and molecular biology, covering fundamentals of pedigree analysis, linkage analysis, molecular cloning, and gene analysis as well as ethical/legal issues, all in the context of an auditory disorder. Second half emphasizes molecular approaches to function and dysfunction of the cochlea, and is based on readings and discussion of research literature.

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Biology
Material Type:
Full Course
Textbooks
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Skvorak Giersch, Anne B.
Molecular Structure of Fat
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Fat is tissue, a type of cell, and a substance. Learn about ...

Fat is tissue, a type of cell, and a substance. Learn about the chemical and molecular structure of fat and how it relates health. A Flash slide show that delves into the various molecular shapes that fat can take. Also featured on the HHMI DVD, Science of Fat, available free from HHMI.

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Health, Medicine and Nursing
Biology
Chemistry
Material Type:
Readings
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Howard Hughes Medical Institute
More Than Meets the Eye: The Genetics of Eye Color
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The genetics of eye color are more complex than commonly believed. This ...

The genetics of eye color are more complex than commonly believed. This interrupted case study uses the story of a blue-eyed couple with a brown-eyed child to explore the possible scenarios that could result in this outcome. The case emphasizes the link between Mendelian genetics and the underlying molecular basis of the phenotype. It is appropriate for upper-level undergraduate biology majors with a good understanding of eukaryotic gene regulation and Mendelian genetics.

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Life Science
Genetics
Material Type:
Case Study
Instructional Material
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National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
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Case Study Collection
Author:
Annie PrudĽË_homme Genereux
Mt Hood Community College Biology 102
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BI102A is a survey course that introduces the discipline of molecular biology ...

BI102A is a survey course that introduces the discipline of molecular biology and genetics, exploring topics including cell division, protein production, inheritance and gene regulation. This book focuses on putting those topics into an appropriate context for students who are not biology majors.

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Biology
Material Type:
Textbooks
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OpenOregon
The Mystery of the Seven Deaths: A Case Study in Cellular Respiration
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In this interrupted case study, students learn about the function of cellular ...

In this interrupted case study, students learn about the function of cellular respiration and the electron transport chain and what happens when that function is impaired. The case is loosely based on the real-life 1982 Chicago Tylenol murders where seven people died when Tylenol capsules were laced with cyanide. Students play the role of medical examiner as they analyze the autopsy results to determine the cause of the mysterious deaths of these seven victims. The case was originally used in a general biology course taken by both science majors and non-majors.

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Life Science
Anatomy/Physiology
Material Type:
Case Study
Instructional Material
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider Set:
Case Study Collection
Author:
Michaela A. Gazdik