Biology Bytes

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Want to help scientists do real research from your own backyard? Thanks to citizen science, you can! From bug hunting to bird watching, and much more in between (like reporting that road kill you thought nobody could possibly care about), you can check out the Biology Bytes blog today to find out about some citizen science projects you can do around your home. http://www.biology-bytes.com/  (Image credits: Dominik Stodulski)

Want to help scientists do real research from your own backyard? Thanks to citizen science, you can! From bug hunting to bird watching, and much more in between (like reporting that road kill you thought nobody could possibly care about), you can check out the Biology Bytes blog today to find out about some citizen science projects you can do around your home. http://www.biology-bytes.com/ (Image credits: Dominik Stodulski)

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Have you heard of tardigrades? They're amazingly durable little critters that can survive intense radiation, an oxygen-free environment, boiling water, and other incredible conditions. And you've probably sat right next to (or on top of!) some and didn't even know it. You can read (and watch a fun video) about tardigrades at the Biology Bytes blog: http://www.biology-bytes.com/tardigrade/

Have you heard of tardigrades? They're amazingly durable little critters that can survive intense radiation, an oxygen-free environment, boiling water, and other incredible conditions. And you've probably sat right next to (or on top of!) some and didn't even know it. You can read (and watch a fun video) about tardigrades at the Biology Bytes blog: http://www.biology-bytes.com/tardigrade/

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These are Lactobacillus bacteria (the dark-colored rods) in a vaginal smear (the large pink shapes are human cells). An abundance of Lactobacillus bacteria in a vagina has been long thought to be necessary for having a healthy vagina, but it turns out this isn't always the case. Find out more about microbiomes at: http://www.biology-bytes.com/  (Also, you can get updates directly from the blog by following its Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/RowlandBiologyBytes)

These are Lactobacillus bacteria (the dark-colored rods) in a vaginal smear (the large pink shapes are human cells). An abundance of Lactobacillus bacteria in a vagina has been long thought to be necessary for having a healthy vagina, but it turns out this isn't always the case. Find out more about microbiomes at: http://www.biology-bytes.com/ (Also, you can get updates directly from the blog by following its Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/RowlandBiologyBytes)

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Would you like a glowing plant? Thanks to the Glowing Plant Project, you could have one soon! Read more about the project, and how glowing plants may be lighting up homes instead of light bulbs, on the Biology Bytes blog: http://www.biology-bytes.com/   (If you'd like to get updates directly from the blog, you can follow it through its Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/RowlandBiologyBytes)  (Image credits: Alberto Salguero)

Would you like a glowing plant? Thanks to the Glowing Plant Project, you could have one soon! Read more about the project, and how glowing plants may be lighting up homes instead of light bulbs, on the Biology Bytes blog: http://www.biology-bytes.com/ (If you'd like to get updates directly from the blog, you can follow it through its Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/RowlandBiologyBytes) (Image credits: Alberto Salguero)

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Did you know that silkworms can make more than just silk? Thanks to inventive genetic engineering, silkworms have been created that make medical drugs as well as modified silk, such as threads that glow! You can read more about how this is done at the Biology Bytes blog: http://www.biology-bytes.com/  (Also, you can get updates directly from the blog by following its Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/RowlandBiologyBytes)

Did you know that silkworms can make more than just silk? Thanks to inventive genetic engineering, silkworms have been created that make medical drugs as well as modified silk, such as threads that glow! You can read more about how this is done at the Biology Bytes blog: http://www.biology-bytes.com/ (Also, you can get updates directly from the blog by following its Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/RowlandBiologyBytes)

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Gene therapy is a fascinating medical field that has promising treatments for some types of immune disorders, heart disease, blindness, and much more. You can read more at http://www.biology-bytes.com/gene-therapy/

Gene therapy is a fascinating medical field that has promising treatments for some types of immune disorders, heart disease, blindness, and much more. You can read more at http://www.biology-bytes.com/gene-therapy/

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Retraction is imminent for two papers published on a promising new type of stem cell, called STAP cells (made from young mice). After months of ongoing drama, the lead author agreed last week to retract the papers. You can read the story at the Biology Bytes blog: http://www.biology-bytes.com/  (To get updates directly from the Biology Bytes blog, you can join the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/RowlandBiologyBytes)  (Image credit: ShwSie)

Retraction is imminent for two papers published on a promising new type of stem cell, called STAP cells (made from young mice). After months of ongoing drama, the lead author agreed last week to retract the papers. You can read the story at the Biology Bytes blog: http://www.biology-bytes.com/ (To get updates directly from the Biology Bytes blog, you can join the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/RowlandBiologyBytes) (Image credit: ShwSie)

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MERS (a potentially fatal respiratory disease that originated in the Arabian Peninsula) recently made it's way to the United States. Read more about the virus and the first two cases of it in this country on the Biology Bytes blog: http://www.biology-bytes.com/  (Also, you can get updates on the Biology Bytes blog directly through its Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/RowlandBiologyBytes)

MERS (a potentially fatal respiratory disease that originated in the Arabian Peninsula) recently made it's way to the United States. Read more about the virus and the first two cases of it in this country on the Biology Bytes blog: http://www.biology-bytes.com/ (Also, you can get updates on the Biology Bytes blog directly through its Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/RowlandBiologyBytes)

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A new virus -- the chikungunya virus -- has recently made its way to the U.S. and is being spread from person to person by mosquitoes (like the Aedes aegypti mosquito shown here). You can check out today's Biology Bytes blog post to find out more about the virus and whether you might want to put on some mosquito repellent before your evening stroll: http://www.biology-bytes.com/

A new virus -- the chikungunya virus -- has recently made its way to the U.S. and is being spread from person to person by mosquitoes (like the Aedes aegypti mosquito shown here). You can check out today's Biology Bytes blog post to find out more about the virus and whether you might want to put on some mosquito repellent before your evening stroll: http://www.biology-bytes.com/

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Have you heard of the Surinam toad? Amazingly, in this amphibian fertilized eggs are embedded in the mother's back and later hatch out as completely developed little toads. You can check an incredible video of the toads hatching here: http://www.biology-bytes.com/surinam-toad/  (Also, you can get updates from the Biology Bytes blog directly by following its Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/RowlandBiologyBytes)

Have you heard of the Surinam toad? Amazingly, in this amphibian fertilized eggs are embedded in the mother's back and later hatch out as completely developed little toads. You can check an incredible video of the toads hatching here: http://www.biology-bytes.com/surinam-toad/ (Also, you can get updates from the Biology Bytes blog directly by following its Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/RowlandBiologyBytes)

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