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.

Gene Editing illustration showing scissors cutting DNA
Written by: 
Christian H. Ross

What is gene editing? And how does the one of the most-used gene editing tools, called CRISPR, work?
Also in: Español

Darwin and Mendel's Afternoon Tea
Written by: 
Kirsten Traynor

An imaginary conversation between two great thinkers, Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel. While the monk, Mendel, had read Darwin’s publications - Mendel's work only came to be known later. We can only imagine what the two might have talked about.

Sonoran Desert
Written by: 
Karla Moeller

Deserts can be a bit of a mystery--we picture them as hot, barren places, but that's not always true. Deserts are found in both the hottest and coldest places on Earth, and some of them have lots of plant and animal life, you just need to know where to look to find it.
Also in: Español | Français | Italiano | Português

Digger Bees
Written by: 
John Alcock
The digger bee is just one of about a thousand species of native bees in Arizona, many of which have females that burrow into the ground with their jaws and legs when constructing a nest.
Desert Fruits Rock!
Written by: 
John Alcock

Desert flowers do not own the spot light when it comes to beauty. Many desert fruits deserve equal attention.
Also in: Français

Did You Know Butterflies are Legally Blind?
Written by: 
Kasey Yturralde

As you watch a butterfly navigate the flowers in your back yard, or a pesky fly avoid your flyswatter, keep in mind their vision is quite different than yours and mine.

Written by: 
Dr. Biology

DNA is the ultimate how-to guide used by all living things. It packages all the instructions for building maintaining all our life forms and it easily fits inside a cell.
Also in: Español

Written by: 
Dr. Biology

We celebrate Earth Day every year, but in reality every day is Earth day. For our part here are some fun activities and things you can do to help the Earth.

Exercise for your Brain
Written by: 
CJ Kazilek and Gabriel Shaibi

Not all exercise is the same, but all exercise can help you grow strong and keep you healthy. Exercise can also help you with your homework and that science project due at the end of the year.

Large Ants
Written by: 
Tate Holbrook

Imagine being the size of an ant. Be careful - a face-to-face encounter with an ant would be scary and potentially life-threatening! But, if you avoided being eaten, you could learn a lot about ant anatomy from a close-up view. Ants have many body parts that are normally hard to see without a magnifying glass or microscope. And each structure has its own special function.


Ebola virus
Are viruses alive?

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