Biology Community Portal
Welcome – From the Editor
Hello and Welcome to the Biology Portal
MERLOT is a spectacular collection of online resources you can access for use in learning and teaching. MERLOT is an initiative of the California State University.
The Biology board curates the materials related to life science. We assemble, review, and maintain resources in Anatomy & Physiology, Medicine, General Biology (including subdisciplines such as Botany, Zoology, Evolution, Genetcs, etc.), Biochemistry, Ecology and Environmental Sciences. The materials range from short videos or articles to entire courses. These can be used for learning, teaching, professional development or anything else you can dream up.
The Biology board consists of people from institutions across the country who volunteer their time and energy to upkeep and update the amazing collection of resources in the life sciences.
Meet the current Biology Board here.
We invite you to peruse and use the Biology resources found in MERLOT. You can create a portfolio of materials for use in a class, a project or simply for your own use. If we have reviewed the material you will see a rating and a summary of the review. You can also find comments from people who have used the resource.
You can help with the MERLOT project as well by contributing materials (which we will put in our queu to review). If you are interested in joining the Biology board, please contact the editors, Michael Plotkin or Marty Zahn. Our board uses this form for our reviews.
Understanding Science is the Biology Board's Classic Award winner for 2019. This site has a huge variety of resources that present a detailed and accurate portrayal of what science is and how it works. We hope you love it as much we do!
Environmental Justice Guided Reading Jigsaw
This activity is designed to be part of a group term project that engages students in thinking about how environmental...
A talking to the text activity
The Mathematical Impossibility Of Evolution
According to the most-widely accepted theory of evolution today, the sole mechanism for producing evolution is that of...
Darwin's theory is not science! In 5 minutes - Dr David Berlinski
"The fundamental claim of intelligent design is straightforward and easily intelligible: namely, there are natural...
Stephen Meyer Takes On Darwin's Tree
Everyone has seen the iconic tree of life depicted by Darwin. But in this bonus interview released as part of the Science...
LIVING WATERS—Echolocation and Intelligent Design
The creative potential of both intelligent design and natural selection are considered in the context of a dolphin’s...
What Is Irreducible Complexity?
This is a clip from the documentary "Revolutionary" featuring Michael Behe and Stephen Meyer discussing Behe's idea of...
Mathematical Challenges to Darwin’s Theory of Evolution
Based on new evidence and knowledge that functioning proteins are extremely rare, should Darwin’s theory of evolution be...
James Tour: The Origin of Life Has Not Been Explained - Science Uprising Expert Interview
In this bonus interview footage from Science Uprising, synthetic organic chemist James Tour from Rice University...
Reasoned Writing / A Framework For Scientific Papers - BOOK VERSION
Materials to support courses on statistics and research methods/scientific writing in two parts: (1) A set of activities...
Inanimate Life is an open textbook covering a very traditional biological topic, botany, in a non-traditional way. Rather...
Heart Structure and Position
Let's read about Position of Heart in human body.
Pharynx in Respiration System
Role of Pharynx in human respiration system.
Female reproductive system
Here you will find anatomy and physiology of Female reproductive system.
Browsable Petascale Reconstruction of the Human Cortex
The H01 dataset includes a wealth of data, over 50,000 cells and 130 million synaptic connections. The 3D world of the...
Collaborative Annotation with Sentence Stems
A text-based activity where students read a case study to apply course content by using sentence stems to post...
Infonet, a channel of the Biovision Farmer Communication Programme (FCP), provides scientific and practical validated...
Inheritance and Mutations in a Single-Gene Disorder
This activity builds on information presented in the short film Genes as Medicine. Students interpret actual pedigrees to...
Are You a Morning or an Evening Person?
This interactive survey allows individuals to determine if they are morning or evening persons.
Interactive Case Study for The Search for a Mutated Gene
This video case study explores the approaches scientists used to identify a mutation that causes retinitis pigmentosa...
Interactive Exploration of Coral Bleaching
The added information provided at pause points within the animation Coral Bleaching allows for a richer exploration of...
Biology of SARS-CoV-2
This four-part animation series explores the biology of the virus SARS-CoV-2, which has caused a global pandemic of the...
Developing an Explanation for Mouse Fur Color
In this activity, students collect and analyze evidence for each of the major conditions for evolution by natural...
Interactive Assessment for Natural Selection and Adaptation
Several questions are embedded within the short film The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection and Adaptation, which...
Melissa GrahamOxnard College
Nancy IngTexas A and M University System - College Station
Devid SmithGeneric Pharmacist
Tracey WilsonLawson State Community/Technical College
Becky TalynCalifornia State University, San Bernardino
Nicolas HirschHiram College
jorge iniguezPasadena City College
Jiaming JuZhejiang university
Harsh UttamIndian Institute of Science Education and Research, Tirupati
Beth KreutzerBennett High School
Amit ChoudharyIGU Meerpur, Rewari
Sue LeeSanta Monica College
Marvin HuynhleLong Beach City College
Desiree GoettingCollege of the Canyons
Jennifer GarnerVentura College
Olusoji AdewumiUniversity of Lagos
Na TangGuang xi medical university
Vanessa Rivera Del RioMount San Jacinto College
Sharon HyakVictoria College
Debra SocciSeminole State College of Florida
Darryl ClarkSouth Louisiana Community College
Frances KrischGlen Cove High School
Sheri DrewTiospaye Topa School
Materials by Discipline
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- Biology Education (51)
- Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (39)
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- Cell and Molecular Biology (605)
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- Development and Embryology (68)
- Ecology and Conservation Biology (816)
- Evolutionary Biology (282)
- Genetics (742)
- Human Anatomy and Physiology (967)
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- Human Anatomy and Physiology Society
- Association for Biology Laboratory Education
- Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
- American Society for Cell Biology
- Genetics Society of America
Journals & Publications
- Advances in Physiology Education
- American Biology Teacher
- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
- Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching
- Bioscience Education E-Journal
- Cell Biology Education
- International Journal of Science Education
- Journal of Biological Education
- Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
- Journal of Research in Science Teaching
- Journal of Science Education and Technology
- Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education
Biology on the Web
Brian Miller: “The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Engineering in the Biological Sciences”
May 17, 2022 06:05 PM PDT
Reliable and Renewable Biological Photovoltaic Cell | Printed Electronics World
May 17, 2022 05:16 PM PDT
Biology graduate student honored for research project - UNM Newsroom
May 17, 2022 05:15 PM PDT
Automated platform for plasmid production - ScienceDaily
May 17, 2022 04:12 PM PDT
Biology and Earth and Environmental Sciences Departments Come Together on Diversity ...
May 17, 2022 03:43 PM PDT
Akeso Therapeutics, Inc. Announces Appointment of Steven A. Porcelli, MD, to Scientific ...
May 17, 2022 03:22 PM PDT
2022 ASEV Keynote Speaker to Present on the Interplay Between Biology and Environment ...
May 17, 2022 03:06 PM PDT
Magnetic nanoparticles in biological vehicles individually characterized for the first time - Phys.org
May 17, 2022 02:56 PM PDT
2022 Voter Guide: Ladetra Robinson, candidate for Maryland House District 2B - Capital Gazette
May 17, 2022 02:53 PM PDT
What causes the octopus death spiral? New study points to changes in cholesterol production
May 17, 2022 02:35 PM PDT
Court Rules Federal Agency Wrongly Withdrew Bi-State Sage Grouse Protections
May 17, 2022 02:02 PM PDT
Synthetic biology could make poultry feed more sustainable | WATTPoultry - WATTAgNet
May 17, 2022 01:37 PM PDT
Pentagon Leaders Get Briefed on Innovative Duke Research
May 17, 2022 01:25 PM PDT
Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Students 'nerd out' as they build bionic hand
May 17, 2022 01:17 PM PDT
As snow melts, Interior Alaska biologists tally number of winter-killed wildlife
May 17, 2022 12:56 PM PDT
Mirvie Raises $60 Million Funding Round to Shape the Future of Pregnancy Health - Yahoo Finance
May 17, 2022 12:41 PM PDT
CRISPR Gene Editing Now Possible in Cockroaches - SciTechDaily
May 17, 2022 12:14 PM PDT
4biddenknowledge Inc. Celebrates the Newest Accomplishment of Its Director of Operations
May 17, 2022 12:10 PM PDT
Chuck Kimmel elected into the National Academy of Sciences | Around the O - University of Oregon
May 17, 2022 11:46 AM PDT
Emergence and spread of ancestral Yersinia pestis in Late-Neolithic and Bronze-Age ... - PNAS
May 17, 2022 11:11 AM PDT
Biology on Twitter
- RT @FEBSJournal: We are very excited to announce the recipient of our inaugural ‘The FEBS Journal Open Science Award’...11 hours ago | WileyBiomedical
- RT @wileyinresearch: We're pleased to announce a new OA agreement with @UNAM_MX. 🤝
Our first in Latin America, the agreement will allow re…13 hours ago | WileyBiomedical
- RT @PhysRep: Learn more about the strange #history of atmospheric #oxygen in this #review from the distinguished #respiratory physiologist…15 hours ago | WileyBiomedical
- RT @ASBMR: A new article published in #JBMR found that the combined loss of Wnt9a and Wnt4 increased the likelihood of the mice developing…16 hours ago | WileyBiomedical
- 🚨 Call for papers!
ImmunoMedicine is inviting submissions for a special issue, Metabolism in Tumor Immunity, guest… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…16 hours ago | WileyBiomedical
- A classic paper from #40yearsEMBOJ: A direct link between core histone acetylation and transcriptionally active chr… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…18 hours ago | WileyBiomedical
- RT @wileyinresearch: Wiley Digital Archives is releasing a new collection with nearly 1 million pages of scientific archive material.
- Learn about how gold #nanoparticles can be used to enhance the sensitivity of clinical diagnostic tests.
- RT @FASEBorg: We're partnering with @NIHDataScience to recognize innovative ways you’ve shared or reused #data to advance biological or bio…
- A classic method from #40yearsEMBOJ:
Bevan lab established E. coli beta-glucuronidase gene (GUS) as a gene fusion… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…