These links are privided as
starting points for searching for information. They are not
comprehensive, but should serve as a guide for getting into the
vast amount of biology and related information that is available
on the Internet. While some of the links are to sites targeted at
professional biologists, we have tried to restrict the list to
links that also have some useful information for students of high
Carolina Biological, which includes access to
Carolina Tips, some of which are also available at the Access Excellence site.
Tree of Life. Information
about Phylogeny and Biodiversity.
Microscopy. A central site for microscopy on the Internet. "Microscopes and
Microscopy" recently achieved a major milestone: 100 Web sites are now in its index.
(A Yahoo search in the same subject produces only 16.) Maintained by Chris Jeffries, these
comprehensive and well-organized pages have listings of everything from ftp sites to
mailing lists to conferences. There is also a section called "In-Focus" where
you can read essays on tripod polishing, the history of microscopy, and other related
Scanning Electron Microscope
An online frog
dissection tutorial brought to you by the University of Virginia's Curry School of
Education. Intrepid visitors are invited to take scalpel (a.k.a. mouse) in hand for some
major surgery. Just don't expect a quick slice and dice; the heavy use of graphics and
MPEGs makes for slow going unless you have an incredible amount of RAM. Topics covered by
the dissection include muscle incision, skin incision, and internal organs.
Virtual frog dissection kit. Interactive
dissection of a frog which includes a tutorial and an overview.
Virtual FlyLab. Budding research geneticists and mad scientists
will be equally drawn to this site, which allows users to virtually "breed"
fruit flies in search of the secrets of genetic inheritance. The FlyLab is well documented
and illustrated, making it a pleasure to use for those who aren't squeamish about drawings
of forked fruit fly bristles. This "virtual application" was designed by the
Electronic Desktop Project at California State University, Los Angeles.
The Virtual Embryo.
The Lung Tour. LungTour is a set of
images of the lung made with the Scanning Electron Microscope and organized in hyperimage
format to allow you to travel through and see in more and more detail the structure of the
Cow Eye Dissection.
The Cow's Eye Dissection is one of the most popular demonstrations at the Exploratorium.
For many years it has helped people satisfy their curiosity about what is inside an eye.
The material presented here is meant not to replace the act of dissecting a cow's eye, but
rather to enhance the experience.
Blazing a Genetic trail
This wonderfully illustrated book takes you on the search for mutant genes that cause the
4,000 hereditary disorders affecting humans. The Web version is free for all to read
online. Presented by The Howard Hughes Institute
Microbiology at the
University of Cape Town has lots of introdutory-level information on viruses, and good
information on current microbes in the news (e.g. Ebola, Mad Cow Disease). Their site is
dynamic and well worth visiting.
Nanoworld. Images magnified
thousands of times by electron microscopes, light microscopes, and x-ray diffraction
Amino Acids. A database of descriptions on all amino acids and
their 3D pictures.
comprehensive guide to biotechnology and genetics. Includes many images of molecular
genetics related material including some that are useful in teaching.
A Primer on
Molecular Genetics. Mostly textual guide and wide-scope guide to molecular genetics.
GenLink. A detailed
description of all the human chromosomes, including the mapped genes. Contains images of
them as well. Allows to view a section of a selected chromosome and a 2D map. Includes a
list of K-12
science education links.
Public Education Program.
Information Center, at the US National Agricultural Library.
Science and the Environment.
Topics range from "Health, population and agriculture" to "Marine
Enviro Facts. Information on all things natural.
We have facts for you on plants and animals, whether they be terrestrial or marine.
Environmental issues such as pollution, acid rain, etc are also included.
EnviroLink. Lots of current
information on the environment and endangered species. EnviroLink is a non-profit
organization...a grassroots online community that unites hundreds of organizations and
volunteers around the world with millions of people in over 130 countries. EnviroLink are
dedicated to providing you with the most comprehensive, up-to-date environmental resources
on ecology and environmental preservation.
EE-Link. Educators explore the
environment and investigate current issues with students.
EnviroLink Network. The ELN will act as
the clearinghouse for environmental education information, materials and ideas on the
Internet. Very good links to many topics for both teachers and students.
Projects '95-'96. Listed here is a wide variety of environmental monitoring projects
taking place during the 1995-96 school year. Timetables and short descriptions are given
for each project, along with contact information.
African Wildlife . A virtual
encyclopedia dedicated to the sharing of information about the fantastic world of African
National Wildlife Federation. A large member-supported
conservation group, uniting individuals, organizations, businesses and government to
protect nature, wildlife and the world we share. (particularly good is the "In the
Environmental Projects . A project is
guided self-study which encourages independent enquiry.
Climate Change: South Africa.
The effects of climate change on the environment, particularly in South Africa, is
discussed in this site from the The World Wide
Fund for Nature .
The Globe Program . Global Learning and Observations
to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) is a worldwide network of students, teachers, and
scientists working together to study and understand the global environment.
NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration). Promoting global environmental stewardship in order to conserve and
wisely manage marine and coastal resources
Global Warming. Plenty of information on
Volcanoes. An Internet WebQuest on Earth Science
Mayaquest '98. "Mysteries of the
MayaQuest '97 . Lost Cities of the
Kilimanjaro Adventure Travel . African safari
and adventure tours.
Terraquest. Adventures abound on the Web. You
will find virtual tours and expeditions to the Antarctic and be able to sail in the wake
of Charles Darwin to the birthplace of the theory of evolution: the Galapogas Islands.
Netspedition Amazon. An
interactive scientific expedition to the Amazon rainforest conducted entirely on the
Internet through this Web site.
Project Central America . A trip to
Central America by a group of teachers created a real-time learning experience for
students. Their journal entries, geological information, and images will capture your
thoughts and imagination.
Brain Atlas. This is one of those science sites that even the most unscientific person
can look at and go "ooooh!". The Whole Brain Atlas is made up of magnetic
resonance (MR), x-ray computed tomography (CT), and nuclear medicine images of the brain
under different conditions, from normal to AIDS dementia. All images are horizontal
cross-sections; when you select a brain condition, you're presented with a page of images
from each of the three types of scans. You can change the level of a cross-section by
manipulating the Navigation bars that are at the bottom of each page
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). This
institution carries out biomedical research and helps educate tomorrow's scientists.
The Leonardo Project . A virtual trip
inside the Human body.
medical movies. Contains a collection of 3D movies of flying through human organs and
scans, such as the skull, lungs, CT scan, etc.
Heart. An interactive guide of the entire heart, from all aspects. A lot of multimedia
is included - tons of images, movies, etc. There is also a mainly
Imaging. 1000's of Multimedia Images and over 700 Health Science related movies are
Bugs in the
News! Bugs in the News! actually has very little to do with bugs. Its creator, John C.
Brown of the Department of Microbiology at the University of Kansas, doesn't even bother
to tell you what the heck he means by the title. In his own buggy way, though, Brown
provides thorough, well-written, and often cheeky essays answering, among other questions,
"What the heck is an allergy?", "What the heck is an enzyme?", and
"What the heck is an antibiotic?" Each of the "What the heck" essays
are good, detailed introductions into their subject area.
The Why Files. Put some of today's news
under the microscope find evidence of science at work. Find weekly stories, a teacher's
and students forum and some cool images.
The Natural History Museum,
London, England is dedicated to furthering the understanding of the natural world through
its unrivalled collections, its world class exhibitions and education, and through its
internationally significant programme of scientific research.
Florida Museum of
Natural History. "The functions of the Florida Museum of Natural History, located
at the University of Florida, are to make scientific investigations toward the sustained
development of natural resources ......
Museo di Storia
Naturale, UNIVERSIT└ DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE (Florence, Italy) is a Natural History
museum that is well worth a visit.
The Franklin Institute Science Museum . The exhibits,
resources, and fun of a museum visit right to your desktop.
The Smithsonian Institute.
The Australian National
Botanic Gardens has lots of resources related to Australian plants, including some
rather nice photographic images.
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.
Zoos are changing. Once simple menageries, today's zoological parks are centers for
conservation. Very Nice!
The Electronic Zoo.
Zoonet. THE place to go when you want
to know about Zoos!
Cyberbotanica. Information on
plants and chemotherapy.
Ethnobotany . A resource
from the "Access Excellence" group.
Plants for a Future. A Resource and
Information Centre for Edible and other useful plants
Garden Encyclopedia. This
searchable database contains almost 3,000 species selected for general use in North
American horticultural practice. Link up with the "Virtual Garden"
The Carnivorous Plant FAQ
. General information, growth and conservation on carnivorous plants.
Library: Biosciences. A massive index to the bioscience resources of the Net,
maintained by Keith Robison of the Harvard University Biological Laboratories. Subjects
covered include biological molecules, biotechnology, genetics, immunology, plant biology,
and many, many more.
Wits biology links page at the
University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, South Africa.
Biology and Life Sciences link page.
Biosciences page at Harvard
Biology index at Yahoo.