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.

Leafhopper
Written by: 
Adam Dolezal and Page Baluch

Not all insects are bugs, but all bugs are insects. How can this be? Learn about some particular insects that biologists call true bugs.
Also in: Español

The three Rs of research
Written by: 
Patrick McGurrin and Christian Ross

Animals are often used to study many different scientific topics. But many scientists and others argue whether it's ok to use animals for this purpose. Here we discuss why scientists use animals and research, and discuss some of the rules and regulations in place to help protect animals used in research.

Solving mysteries
Written by: 
CJ Kazilek and David Pearson
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Put your detective skills to the test! Use the scientific method and your problem solving abilities to find clues and escape. Explore our Training Room and see what other interesting things await you.

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Biome goggles
Written by: 
Charles Kazilek

Here you can do more than read out biomes. You can explore them in 360 degree tours. While not the same as being there in person, these tours let you go to places you would not likely be able to see.

Vitamins
Written by: 
Danielle Penick
You may see advertisements for vitamins all the time. Do we really need vitamins? And if we do, how do we know which vitamins are high quality? Take a tour into the history, science, and manufacturing of vitamins.
Written by: 
Dr. Biology, Justin Olson and Elizabeth Smith

What might look like a lifeless world is actually filled with life and history. You just need to know where to look. Take a tour with two park rangers to get the inside story of South Mountain Park.

A river
Written by: 
Roy Marler

Within Arizona, several cities now release wastewater into riverbeds, essentially creating "new" rivers. Is wastewater different from water found in naturally occurring rivers, such as the Verde River?

Uses of evolutionary medicine
Written by: 
Karla Moeller

Understanding evolution doesn't just help us figure out how humans evolved...it also helps us understand why we have the health problems we do in today's society. Evolutionary medicine can help us understand our health, why we get sick, and how we can better prevent and treat disease.
Also in: Español

Scuba diver marine research
Written by: 
Patrick McGurrin

We hear about biologists studying everything from tiny organisms to whole ecosystems. But how can the role of a biologist be so broad? Let's take a closer look at what biologists do and how you can become a biologist.

Nucleotide bases
Written by: 
Ally Carr

You may have heard that the instructions for life are within your DNA and the DNA of any living thing. But how does DNA relate to a genome?

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