E 2: Energy & Motion (HS), Energy, F&I 1: Newton's 2nd Law (HS), F&I 1: Newton's 3rd Law (MS), F&I 2: Newton's 1st Law (MS), F&I 2: Newton's 3rd Law (HS), Forces & Interactions, Physical Science

Planarian Fission

Mechanics dictate where and how freshwater planarians fission SUMMARY: Planarians are tiny squishy worms that go through binary fission by ripping themselves in two parts: the head part and the tail part. This article looks at the mechanism of the ripping. First, there is the formation of the waist, then pulsation of the head, then… Continue reading Planarian Fission

Inheritance & Variation of Traits, Inheritance 1: Behavior and Reproduction (MS), Life Science, Natural Selection & Evolution, NSE 3: Trait Selection (HS)

Insights into transgenerational epigenetics from studies of ciliates

Insights into transgenerational epigenetics from studies of ciliates SUMMARY: This article summarizes what we know about ciliate epigenetics so far. The first section is an introduction to their weird nucleus situation: ciliates have two types of nuclei, the macronucleus and the micronucleus. Several examples of ciliate epigenetics are given in sections 2 and 3. Some… Continue reading Insights into transgenerational epigenetics from studies of ciliates

Inheritance & Variation of Traits, Inheritance 4: Asexual/Sexual (MS), Inheritance 4: Population Genetics (HS), Life Science, Natural Selection & Evolution, NSE 1: Evolution Evidence (HS), NSE 4: Adaption (HS), NSE 4: Fitness (MS), NSE 5: Natural Selection (MS)

Rotifers Eating Foreign DNA

Evidence Supporting the Uptake and Genomic Incorporation of Environmental DNA in the “Ancient Asexual” Bdelloid Rotifer Philodina roseola SUMMARY: This study looked at whether bdelloid rotifers were better at taking in DNA compared to Monogononta rotifers. Bdelloids are a class of rotifers that only reproduce asexually. There has never been a male observed. Their cells… Continue reading Rotifers Eating Foreign DNA