Over the past several months, several web resources have crossed the OSTA Listserv which are of particular interest to those who teach biology. A gathering of those resources is listed below. It is not complete, but can be a starting point for your own biology URL library. The page will be available with direct links from the URLs at http://www.teleport.com/hemphill/fyibio.htm .
http://www.bio.davidson.edu/Biology/Courses/Molbio/molecular.html . Dr. A. Malcolm Campbell of Davidson College maintains a Molecular Biology webpage for his classes. He maintains useful links, for example, on reading GenBank, on using Chime, and on searching Open Reading Frames (ORFs). He has excellent resources buried in these pages for teachers introducing gel electrophoresis and experimental science:
http://www.bio.davidson.edu/Biology/Courses/Molbio/tips/trblDNAgel.html . “Troubleshooting DNA Agarose Gel Electrophoresis.”
. Troubleshooting Transformation.”
. From PBS, “A Science Odyssey. You Try It: Probe the Brain.” At this interactive
site, students can “probe” the brain and map the brain’s motor cortex.
The page also links to introductions to computerized tomography (CT) scans
and magnetic resonance imagery (MRI) and to the role of endorphins in brain
activity. This site requires a Shockwave plug-in.
. The WUSM Neuroscience Tutorial. This page from the Washington
University Medical School goes beyond the previous URL. It is written as
a tutorial for first-year medical students at the University and provides
in-depth tutorial help on many neuroscience topics. It includes labeled
slides of brain slices.
http://www.biology.arizona.edu/default.html . The Biology Project at the University of Arizona. This site links to a series of interactive learning units on biochemistry, cell biology, chemicals & human health, developmental biology, human biology, immunology, and Mendelian genetics. Several of the units are available in Spanish.
One link, to human biology, is given as an example below.
http://www.biology.arizona.edu/human_bio/human_bio.html . Human Biology contains problem sets and tutorials on the topics of genetics and of sex and reproduction. Lessons include blood typing, color blindness, DNA forensics, chromosome mapping, birth control, and sexually transmitted diseases. Activities include karyotyping and interpreting DNA profiling.
. The BioBLAST Project, sponsored by Wheeling Jesuit University and
NASA, is a designed as a multimedia supplement for biology curricula. Student
resources allow students to ask questions of NASA experts and to read current
NASA research reports on topics such as hydroponics, plants, space, human
physiology. Teacher resources lead to online materials for use in
the classroom, but these are not fully developed. The student pages currently
are a better resource for both students and teachers than the Teacher resource
pages. It requires Real Media or QuickTime plug-ins.
. CELLS Alive! This site, available in six languages, is maintained
by Jim Sullivan. The pages contain images which he makes freely available
for students and teachers to use in school reports and presentations.
He also has links to “cell cams, “ one which follows cancer cell growth
over a 24 hour period and one which follows bacterial growth over a 6 hour
). He also has a “gallery” of images from apoptosis to the anatomy
of a splinter (clotting) (http://www.cellsalive.com/gallery.htm
). Although the material on his web site is free for teachers to use, he
also sells CDs of his materials especially for web-challenged classrooms.
. The Virtual Lab Book, 5th Edition, is produced by biology
students at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington DC. It provides
student-written biology experiments and reports, independent biology projects,
and links to biology resources. It is a well-done site that takes
the idea of student communication of what they are learning one step further
than most “lab reports.”
. The Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association maintains
a page for Washington science teachers from Oregon science teachers can
benefit. Links are provided to resources within our northern neighbor for
K-12 teachers to use in their classrooms. Many of the resources may be
available to Oregon teachers (or example, the University of Washington
resources) or may have counterparts in our state.
. Minnesota State University maintains a page on human anatomy. The
current system is the human skeletal system, complete with an image of
a walking skeleton. The skeleton page is located at http://emuseum.mnsu.edu/biology/humananatomy/skeletal/skeletalsystem.html
. The National Library of Medicine’s Visible Human Project. This
site links to some of the images and information from the projects 1986
goal: to produce two “complete, anatomically detailed, three-dimensional
representations” one each of a normal male and normal female body. The
images are obtained from magnetic resonance, computerized tomography, and
cryosection slices of cadavers. The imaging work is complete and
directions are provided for obtaining the data. Not all parts of the project
are available to the public, but the extensive bibliography list is.
. The Franklin Institute Online page on “The Heart: An Online Exploration”
is page designed for teachers and students. It contains lessons and
information on the heart, on blood, on blood vessels, on heart pressure
and on other heart related topics, including how to monitor your own heart’s
health. It contains interactive self-tests at various points. A good resource
for all levels.
/ “The Extinction Files,” from the BBC Evolution Website is a
resource for the study of extinction of species as well as evolution.
It provides links for adults as well as for schools. Among the links
provided are explanation of terms, mass extinctions, theories of extinctions,
the last extinction, and the “big questions” in the study of extinctions.
From this site, you can also link to BBC pages on Darwin, on “man and his
legacy,” on “life on earth,” on natural selections,” and on the “fossil
. Entrez is an NIH based site which allows students and teachers
to access PubMed, Genbank, Protein, structure, and genome datapases. Links
are also available for accessing population study data sets, taxonomy (GenBank
organisms) and the Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man database.