Links Related to Assigned Readings for Biology 101, Newsworthy Topics in Biology
Spring 2001

I invite you to submit to me by email any other good websites or links you find.  Each one good enough to add to this list is worth 1 pt. of extra credit. 

Monkey Born With Genetically Engineered Cells, by Gina Kolata.  New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2001/01/12/health/12GENE.html?
 

Vocabulary
gene genetic engineering
genetic marker transgenic organism
vector DNA
gene expression virus
retrovirus


Twenty Species We Might Lose in the Next 20 Years
 

Experts Explore Safer Tests for Down Syndrome by Jane Brody. New York Times, Tuesday January 23, 2001, Page F6.
 

Vocabulary Terms
Down Syndrome neural tube defect
amniocentesis sonogram
trimester miscarriage
triple screen serum marker
alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)
estriol amniotic fluid
inhibin-A nuchal translucency
epidemiologist  
Links to Related Materials
Update on Prenatal Diagnosis-very good information!


On Watch for Any Hint of Mad Cow Disease, by Sandra Blakeslee.  NY Times, January 30, 2001, F3.

Vocabulary
Mad Cow Disease new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
neuropathologist Centers for Disease Control
C.J.D. dementia
infectious prions bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)
protein structure: primary, secondary, teriatry, quaternary amino acids

Links to Related Materials
The Official Mad Cow Disease Home Page
Prion Diseases
BOVINE SPONGIFORM ENCEPHALOPATHY (BSE)
The Prion Diseases
 



The AIDS Questions That Linger, by Lawrence Altman.  NY Times, January 30, 2001, F1.
The Brazilian Solution, New York Times Magazine, January 28, 2001, pp 26+.
 

Vocabulary
AIDS HIV
opportunistic diseases: 
     Kaposi's sarcoma
     non-Hodgkins lymphoma
     pneumocystis carinii pneumonia
lymph system/nodes
drug resistance protease
HIV strains generic drugs
brand name drugs antiretroviral drugs
triple therapy

Links about AIDS
Healthfinder:  AIDS (general information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention AIDS page

Sea Sick, by Marguerite Holloway.  Discover Magazine, February 2001:  44-51.
 
 

Vocabulary Words
breach spy-hop
pod carrying capacity
polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) exacerbate
indicator photo identification
cetacean matriarchal
dialect echolocation
blubber biopsy
parts per million (ppm) endocrine disrupters
carcinogens persistent organic pollutants
dioxins DDT
lipophilic bioaccumulation
food chain hermaphroditism
additive effects ecotourism
antagonistic effects synergistic effects

Learning Objectives:

  1. be familiar with the evolutionary position of Orca in the line of cetaceans.
  2. describe some whale behaviors such as breaching, spy-hopping, blowing, fluking, etc.
  3. recognize the matriarchal family structure of whale pods.
  4. describe basic ecological concepts such as food web/chain and carrying capacity.
  5. explain the way photo identification works.
  6. differentiate between clicks, calls, dialects, and echolocation.
  7. explain bioaccumulation of lipophilic, persistent organic pollutants such as PCBs, DDT, and dioxins.
  8. distinguish between additive, synergistic, and antagonistic effects.
  9. debate the pros and cons of ecotourism.
Center for Whale Research
The Mother Lode of Whale Links!

The Biology of Skin Color, by Gina Kirchweger.  Discovery Magazine, February 2001:  32-33.
 
 

Vocabulary Words
correlation savanna
heatstroke natural selection
melanin ultraviolet light
folate neural-tube defect
spina bifida anencephaly
Vitamin D indigenous populations
latitude ozone

Learning Objectives:

  1. differentiate between positive and negative correlation
  2. explain the statement:  "Skin color ... is largely a matter of vitamins."
  3. explain the relationship between habitat, exposure to sunlight, and regulation to body temperature regulation.
  4. discuss the role melanin plays in maintaining adequate levels of folate in the body. 
  5. list several problems associated with low folate levels during pregnancy.
  6. explain the relationship between ultraviolet light and Vitamin D.
  7. explain how Jablonski and Chaplin could predict the skin colors of indigenous people across the globe based on how much ultraviolet light different areas receive.


Why Skin Comes in Colors