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Here are the Editor's Picks articles for the Biology Site! These are the top ten articles that your Biology Editor feels are most important for you to read. Enjoy!
1. History of Phylogenetic Trees
Who came up with the first phylogenetic tree? Tree of Life diagrams have been around much longer than anyone suspected for being such a new, unique way of classifying organisms. Explore the history of phylogenetics and the biological tree of life.
2. Gene TAS2R38 and Supertasters
Do you cringe at the taste of Brussels sprouts? Do artificial sweeteners taste sickeningly sweet? You may be a supertaster. A mutation on the TAS2R38 gene, a marker gene for taste hypersensitivity, yields increased sensitivity to bitter tasting compounds. So, what's your taster status?
3. Phylogenetics and the Biological Tree of Life
Classic taxonomy has been joined by a new method: phylogenetics. Phylogenetics is the study of the evolutionary history of living organisms and how each organism is related to each other through common ancestry. Using phylogenetics, biologists may construct the biological tree of life.
4. Binomial Nomenclature
Binomial Nomenclature is the classic method of taxonomy or classifying scientific organisms. Discovered by Carolus Linnaeus centuries ago, this scientific classification system has stood the test of time. Read on to learn how to find and write scientific names of organisms.
5. Binomial Nomenclature
Binomial Nomenclature is the system of designating plants and animals by two 'latinized' words signifying the genus and species. Why is this system important in the scientific world?
6. What is the Scientific Method?
Biologists acquire scientific knowledge by use of what is known as the scientific method. Following the steps of the scientific method ensures that scientists have an orderly way of gaining information about the biological world.
Biomes are major ecological regions within which the biotic (living) communities, both plant and animal, are similar in general characteristics and in their relationship to the abiotic (non-living) physical environment.
8. What are Calories?
There's always a lot of talk about calories, especially when speaking in terms of weight loss. How many calories are too many? Does it matter what type of calories we consume? But, do most people really understand exactly what a calorie is and how calories work?
9. Cell Types - The Three Major Cell Types
We know that cells are the building blocks of all life. In this article, we learn about the three major types of cells and how they differ from one another.
10. Botany - An Introduction to Plant Biology
Botany is the branch of biology that deals with the study of plants, including their structure, properties, and biochemical processes.
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