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Practical Biology

Practical Biology
This website is for teachers of biology in schools and colleges. It is a collection of experiments that demonstrate a wide range of biological concepts and processes. Experiments are placed within real-life contexts, and have links to carefully selected further reading. Each experiment also includes information and guidance for technicians. Biology is a practical science. Practical activities are not just motivational and fun: they also enable students to apply and extend their knowledge and understanding of biology in novel investigative situations, which can aid learning and memory, and stimulate interest. We have published a new set of resources to support the teaching of practical science for Key Stages 3-5. Unfortunately, we are unable to respond to questions from teachers, technicians or students on how to use the experiments on this website.

http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/practical-biology

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GM golden rice Guardian Scientists say they have seen the future of genetically modified foods and have concluded that it is orange or, more precisely, golden. Next year, golden rice – normal rice that has been genetically modified to provide vitamin A to counter blindness and other diseases in children in the developing world – could be given to farmers in the Philippines for planting in paddy fields. Thirty years after scientists first revealed they had created the world's first GM crop, hopes that their potential to ease global malnutrition problems may be realised at last. Bangladesh and Indonesia have indicated they are ready to accept golden rice and other nations, including India, have also said that they are considering planting it. "Vitamin A deficiency is deadly," said Adrian Dubock, a member of the Golden Rice project.

Schools Experiences in early-years and secondary education have a significant influence over students' decisions to continue studying biology at GCSE, A Level and university. We support teachers working to enthuse the biologists of tomorrow by providing a number of leading resources. TalkBiology is an online forum available for teachers, technicians and other educators to interact online, share ideas, resources, questions and thoughts about science education and classroom resources. UPD8 Do you want more engagement, understanding and skill development in science? Switch to the UK’s most inspiring 11-14 course! WIKID is a complete programme for Year 7 and Y8, based on the same philosophy as topical upd8 activities. Every science lesson, whatever the topic, gets students motivated to learn. Themed units set science in dozens of relevant contexts.

Welcome Browse Resources Verizon Foundation proudly partners with some of the country’s top educational organizations to provide you with the latest topics, tools and trends in education. Created by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, ARTSEDGE provides resources and examples for teachers to teach in, through and about the arts. The site includes lesson plans, advocacy and professional development resources, and up-to-date information on arts programs from around the world.

20 amazing facts about the human body The appendix gets a bad press. It is usually treated as a body part that lost its function millions of years ago. All it seems to do is occasionally get infected and cause appendicitis. Yet recently it has been discovered that the appendix is very useful to the bacteria that help your digestive system function. They use it to get respite from the strain of the frenzied activity of the gut, somewhere to breed and help keep the gut's bacterial inhabitants topped up. So treat your appendix with respect. STAR: Biochem - Home StarBiochem is a 3-D protein viewer that allows students to learn key concepts about the biology of proteins in an interactive manner. Unlike traditional 3-D protein viewers which may require installation and significant technical expertise, StarBiochem is an intuitive 3-D protein viewer designed with students in mind. StarBiochem’s user interface was designed to visually represent protein structural information based on the four different levels of protein structure, which mirrors how students get introduced to this topic in class and in textbooks. Using StarBiochem StarBiochem is accessible via the web. Press the START button to get started.

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Scibermonkey top picks A lesson plan exploring issues of measurement, such as precision, range of values, uncertainty or error, repeat measurements and mean values. Force applied to a load can produce ?balanced? and ? What is cloning? What does it have to do with stem cell research? Cloning, or somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), is the technique used to produce Dolly the sheep, the first animal to be produced as a genetic copy of another adult. In this procedure, the nucleus of an egg cell is removed and replaced by the nucleus of a cell from another adult. In Dolly’s case, the cell came from the mammary gland of an adult ewe. This nucleus contained that ewe’s DNA. After being inserted into the egg, the adult cell nucleus is reprogrammed by the host cell.

High School Student & Teacher Outreach The Department of Biology is actively involved in science outreach at the high school level. The goal of these outreach programs is to make science fun and exciting by bringing new hands-on activities into the classrooms, and to make teaching and learning science a more enriching and rewarding experience for both students and teachers. Science teachers from the greater Boston area are invited to:

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