Insect overview: Phasmids
By: Wayne K. Wilkins
“Phasmids” is the term used to refer to the insect that is more commonly known as “stick insects”. Phasmids get their name for the fact that almost all of the variations of the species either look like sticks, twigs or leaves. All phasmids...
An overview of the soil bacterium Agrobacterium Tumefaciens
By: Geert Hesters
What makes Agrobacterium tumefaciens so special? The bacterium A. tumefaciens lives in the soil and on plants. Like every other bacteria and living organism, it needs nutrients to survive and reproduce. This bacteria found a very inventive way to use plants in its quest to...
How the vampire squid uses bioluminescence
By: Jose Juan Gutierrez
The vampire squid is a diminutive deep-sea cephalopod found in the tropical and temperate oceans of the world. The vampire squid grows to about 15 cm (6 inches) in length, and its arms another 15 cm (6 inches) long, bringing the full length of its...
By: Geert Hesters
How to introduce a transgene into a plant cell? There are several techniques to introduce a transgene into a plant cell. This can be done by gene bombardment, electroporation or by using a technique invented by nature: Agrobacterium tumefaciens mediated gene transfer. Integration site of...
By: Laura Cushing
The vampire squid (scientific name Vampyroteuthis infernalis) is a most unusual cephalopod. Found in deep-sea conditions in many tropical and temperate oceans of the world at depths of 300 to 3,000 feet, the vampire squid is the only surviving member of its order. Vampire...
By: Julie Thomas-Zucker
The monkfish (Lophius americanus) is a fish that eats anything and everything that swims past its mouth or tail. These fish have huge appetites. As larvae, they eat smaller creatures and zooplankton (microscopic bugs). As they grow, they eat smaller fish, squid and shrimp. As...
By: Christian Schill
The cell is the most basic and elementary form of life. Every living thing is comprised of or is a cell; therefore the study of cellular biology is fundamental to understanding biology in general. Scientists have discovered that there are in fact two basic types...
By: B. W.
The monkfish is a fish with many interesting attributes, and ironically, is a fish with many names. Technically, a monkfish is "a bottom-dwelling anglerfish (Lophius piscatorius, family Lophiidae) of European waters." But what really, does this mean? A monkfish, also known as a goosefish...
By: Julie Thomas-Zucker
Yellow, drought-resistant, and part of the Family Asteraceae describes the rabbitbrush shrub that grows in dry areas of North America. It has a pleasant and strong smell. The grey form, as opposed to the green form, has fourteen varieties. Its scientific name Chrysothamnus nauseosus has...
Why Madagascar's lemurs are sliding towards extinction
By: Sun Meilan
According to Dr Andrew Terry of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, “Madagascar is an ancient island that split from the Gondwana super-continent approximately 165 million years ago.” This split means that it is home to a number of rare breeds of animals and...

 

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