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World of Biology

Read about research projects being conducted at Arizona State University. Many of the articles you find on this page are written by graduate students in the life sciences departments. The list is always growing so be sure to come back and visit often.

Solving a Genetic Mystery

By Sabine Deviche

The life and work of Gregor Mendel has some surprising pieces. Known as the father of genetics, his work was mostly unnoticed for 30 years after he published his famous paper. It is also possible this famous scientist suffered from test anxiety.

Sonoran CSI

By Kirsten Traynor

Little water, sweaty, hot summer days and frigid winter nights make the desert an uninviting place for most animals and plants. But hiding just below the surface, the desert is alive with microbes—tiny, living things too small to see without magnification.
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Spaced Out Physiology

By Amy Shira Teitel

Being an astronaut is a cool job, but before you sign up you should know life in space isn’t all fun and games.  The lack of gravity can make our bodies act in strange ways.

Also in: Shqipe | Italiano

Switching of Seasons

By Sisi Gao

You might think that most places on Earth experience the changing of seasons because of the distance from the Sun. But, surprise, that's not the cause. Come and learn some new information to lean on about the tilt of the Earth. 

Taking Care of Nature

By Annika Andersen, Maria Eller, and Kayna Lantz

Humans are constantly changing the world. This can be in good ways, but sometimes it is also in bad ways, like with pollution. Learn the ways in which we can help the world around us by understanding how we affect nature. 

Taking in the Temperate Forest

By Drew Peltier

In many fairy tales and folktales, the temperate forest is a place for discovery, adventure, and maybe a little magic. What makes this biome so special in our minds? Maybe it's the animals, the quiet that can be found there, or the way the leaves change color with the seasons.

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The Peppered Moth: A Seasoned Survivor

By Sean Hannam and Ronald Rutowski

The colorful wings of butterflies and moths aren't just part of a beauty contest.  Learn how these changes in coloration have allowed species like the peppered moth to survive in an ever-changing environment.

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The Tale of the Two Headed Lampropeltis getulus californiae

By CJ Kazilek

A Common Kingsnake, Lampropeltis getula californiae, but this snake was anything but common. From the title of our story, you may have guessed that our snake, or maybe we should call it snakes, had two heads.

Time Traveling Plants

By Elena Ortiz

Every year billions of babies are dried and buried, not to be unburied for weeks, months, years or even decades. Don't worry, these are not babies like your little brother or sister, these are baby plants, or as you might call them, seeds. Why would a mom do such a thing?
Also in: Français | Español

Tough, Tiny Tiger Beetles

By Dave Pearson and Nancy Pearson

Even with 'tiger' in their names, life is hard for these fast and often colorful insects. Also in: Français | Deutsch | Português | Pусский | Español

Red-eyed tree frog

The living world is limited only by what you want to explore. Jump into some of these stories to see what other biologist have been doing.

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Red-eyed tree frog

The living world is limited only by what you want to explore. Jump into some of these stories to see what other biologist have been doing.

Share to Google Classroom

Be part of Ask A Biologist

by volunteering, or simply sending us feedback on the site. Scientists, teachers, writers, illustrators, and translators are all important to the program. If you are interested in helping with the website we have a Volunteer page to get the process started.