By: Virginia Gaces
Interfering substances, like proteins, are usually present in blood specimens for testing. These substances, if not eliminated, would be a contributory factor to the inaccuracy of laboratory results because they may increase or decrease the readings of other substances tested in blood. When protein content...
Manual pipetting: What are the precautions which need to be taken
By: Virginia Gaces
Automation is the trend in clinical laboratories today because it saves time, avoids human errors and could perform several procedures simultaneously. Even in the pipetting of liquids, reagents or samples, manual pipetting is rarely utilized. It is not an excuse however, not to learn the...
The structure and function of digestive cells
By: Mehtab Khan
Many of us, who have no specialized knowledge about biology or who have forgotten the minute details of how and where food travels, should read this article to find out. Biological research has advanced so far that we can see the tiny cells lining our...
Not just spiders: A look at web-spinning insects
By: M E Skeel
When people see webs in the trees or in the leaf litter, they tend to think 'spider' but a surprising number of insects also build webs. These are not usually as beautiful or technically complicated as spider webs but they are still quite functional for...
By: M E Skeel
Thrips are minute insects whose chief distinguishing features are four wings fringed with hair-like cilia and sucking mouthparts. The order name, Thysanoptera, means fringe-winged. Thrips are best known as pests of plant crops. They use a single mandible to punch a hole in a leaf...
By: Colleen Mart
Like all animals and humans, spiders have to eat to survive. Spiders are considered carnivorous with one exception, the Bagheera Kiplingi spider, which is a type of jumping spider that is omnivorous, but mainly feeds on plant life. Because spiders eat other living insects and...
Mating habits of the white-tailed deer
By: W. H. Lindgren
The mating habits of the white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) vary somewhat depending on habitat. Found in the USA from the Everglades of Florida to Southern parts of Canada, and from the Atlantic seaboard to the Pacific coasts of Washington and Oregon (rarely in Utah, Nevada...
Common wildflowers in the Caribbean
By: James Johnson
Flowers are always beautiful and are found year round in the tropics, and that is especially true in the Caribbean. They bloom in winter, spring, summer and fall, and in every color imaginable. You can always ask at hotels what are the flowers being used...
By: Rick Bavera
How do fish sleep? Sleep is defined by Merriam-Webster's* as "the natural periodic suspension of consciousness during which the powers of the body are restored" and "a state of torpid inactivity." Looking at sleep in this way, rather than saying that sleep requires an...
By: M E Skeel
Not all Carnivores are meat eaters and not all meat eaters are classified as Carnivora. Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Chordata, Subphylum Vertebrata, Class Mammalia, Order Carnivora consists of a group of animals that share a common history and ancestors. Early in the evolution of the Mammalia...

 

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