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This site provides information about cell components (such as cell wall, cell membrane, nucleus, endoplasmic reticulum,... see more

A virtual lab where you carry out the sequential steps to isolate bacterai, purify DNA, PCR amplify the DNA, sequence the... see more

This site provides basic facts about foodborne diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites, or toxins.

A collection of visual and curriculum resources that are submitted by professors/scientists from around the world.

Tutorials on energy conversions, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, proteins, DNA, RNA, DNA replication, protein... see more

The Virtual Microscope is a full-fledged simulation that allows users to select and position slides, adjust lighting,... see more

This web site is great if you're a student studying or a teacher preparing your lectures or discussions. This site offers... see more

Eight tutorials or problem-based assignments covering the topics of polio, BSE (mad cow disease), antibiotics, the... see more

A collection of lab exercises (LabBench) and self-paced tutorials (BioCoach) in a broad range of biological topics... see more

Animations covering DNA science concepts.

An on-line companion to the virology textbook, Principles of Molecular Virology. Includes brief materials for 4 of the 8... see more

The International Committee on the Taxonomy of Viruses contains links to the latest key to virus taxonomy.

A collection of resources for teaching about plant diseases and includes materials from basic to advanced levels. These... see more

A lab meant more for High School (and college) students.  Involves working with a scientist mentor to help determine... see more

BacSim is an individual-based simulator of bacterial growth. Users manipulate environmental parameters and then monitor... see more

In this new video we look at the basics of bacteria. We look at their classifications, sizes, shapes and how they... see more

A complete teachable unit to introduce students to bacteria and antibiotics and the evolution of antibiotic resistance.... see more

This micrograph animation depicts a biofilm of bacteria collected from a rock surface in Yellowstone hot springs. 

In this animation, the process of sonication is examined to show how cells are separated by high-frequency sound waves.... see more

The Cell Image Library is a public and easily accessible, high-quality cell image database of images, videos, and... see more

Give students a quick and easy way to explore relative size and scale, from a coffee bean to a carbon atom.  Particular... see more

Basic short video introducing the major players to the immune system.

In this animation, cellular respiration is discussed. The Big Picture tab focuses on the main stages that occur during... see more

This is the main umbrella site for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  The material presented covers a vast... see more