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Sickle Cell Anemia

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CityLab at UCLA: Resources and Links

Our New Collection of Internet Resource Links

CityLab at UCLA is compiling Internet resources and a list of links for High School teachers as well as interested UCLA and High School students to further the teaching and study of microbiology, molecular biology, biotechnology and related sciences.
Contributions of resources and links are welcome (see below).

There are five categories, and growing:

(1) Cell Biology

(2) Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

(3) Genetics

(4) Evolution: Molecular Evidence for Species Divergence and Genetic Change

(5) Evolutionary Theories

(1) Cell Biology

The American Society of Cell Biology (ASCB)

ASCB Educational Resources -- Select the image or the link under each image to view those resources:


Web Resources from the ASCB


Animation and Visual Resources for Cell Biology

Here is an amazing page of animation and visual links:

(2) Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

At the University of Arizona's Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, "The Biology Project was designed as supportive learning material for biology students at the college level, but it is useful for high school students, medical students, physicians, science writers, and all types of interested people. In addition to the problem sets and activities for our college students, we offer links to K-12 lesson plans in biology and other outreach learning activities created on our campus." It includes:

(3) Genetics

Genetics Practice Problems from the University of Cincinnati's Clermont College

Here is a cool link on Chromosome 11, where hemoglobin subunits are encoded! resources/chr11.html

(4) Evolution: Molecular Evidence for Species Divergence and Genetic Change

Evolution from Public Broadcasting System (PBS): ". . . a journey into where we're from and where we're going"

Evolution Library (PBS) - Multimedia Library, Video Clips and Web Activities

Evolution - For Teachers (Professional development, Teaching Strategies, Lesson Plans)

Evolution - For Students (7 short videos for class discussion)

Evolution 101 from UC Berkeley

Resources from the University of California at Berkeley

Image of Relationship among Bacteria, Eukaryota, Archaea from UC BerkeleyWhat is evolution and how does it work? Evolution 101 provides the nuts-and-bolts on the patterns and mechanisms of evolution.

Sections include:

Understanding Evolution

This series from UC Berkeley includes these four topics:

Image of Button for MechanismsWhat is evolution and how does it work?

Detailed explanations of the mechanisms of evolution and the history of life on Earth.
Includes these topics: Examples of evolution, Genetics, History of life on Earth, Macroevolution, Microevolution, Natural selection, Speciation ...

Relevance of evolutionHow does evolution impact my life?

The relevance of evolutionary theory to our everyday lives. This iIncludes: Agriculture, Conservation, Medicine ...

Relevance of evolutionWhat is the evidence for evolution?

Multiple lines of scientific evidence relating to evolution, includes: Homology and analogy ...

Relevance of evolutionWhat is the history of evolutionary theory?

The history of ideas, research, and contributors in the study of evolution

(5) Evolutionary Theories: Synthetic Theory of Evolution

From Palomar Community College in San Marcos, CA, this is an introduction to modern evolutionary concepts and theories, stating that "natural selection is just one of a number of processes that can lead to evolution." The "Synthetic Theory of Evolution" is "a combination of Charles Darwin's concept of natural selection, Gregor Mendel's basic understanding of genetic inheritance, along with evolutionary theories developed since the early 20th century by population geneticists and more recently by molecular biologists."

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Happy 200th Birthday, Charles Darwin!

February 12, 2009 marked the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth, and everyone was invited to the party!
The Darwin Day Celebration (DDC) at continues to promote public education about science and encourages the celebration of Science and Humanity throughout the global community. DDC is administered by the Institute for Humanist Studies (IHS).


Contributions of Links are Welcome!

Anyone who knows of useful links and other resources for microbiology, molecular biology, biotechnology and related sciences and bio-education is welcome to forward them to us at our main CityLab at UCLA e-mail address. You may also send a copy to the webmaster. Please indicate why you recommend them or what you have used them for. Thank you.

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