Interesting and Historical Articles and Links

50th Anniversary of the discovery of DNA: Original Article, Crick on DNA and Rosalind Franklin

Darwin's Works On-Line

31,000 Year old Cave Drawings

 

AP Biology Article Review/Book Reviews will be due on the following dates: 

Assignments 

Topics

Date Due

Book Review #1

 Your Choice/ Extra Credit

September 29, 2006

Article Review #2

Photosynthesis

October 27, 2006

Article Review #3

Cell Reproduction (Extra Credit)

December 1, 2006

Article Review #4

Genes 

January 12, 2007

Article Review #5

Prokaryotes (Extra Credit)

February 23, 2007

Article Review #6

Evolution: Mechanisms

March 30, 2007

Article Review #7**

Bioethics (Extra Credit**)

May 7, 2007

**(Note: students taking the AP Exam are exempt from #7 Article Review, if you do not take the AP Exam you must complete Article Review #7).

 

Suggested Articles: (you will need to ask me to retrieve the article for you or you can find the magazines in the classroom.)

Article Review Write-up Instructions

Please include the following: Authors Name (s), "Title of Article", Publication Title, Date, Volume, Page Numbers.  (Either includes a copy of the article or the URL.)

The Article Review write-up requires a summary of the article, 1-2 typed pages. Analyses could include why the research is important, how has it added to our knowledge, how has it changed/or updated the textbook, and any criticisms of the work. Grades are based on your understanding of the article and the ability to express your understanding in writing. (Yes, spelling and grammar count.) Articles must be about original research, news excerpts or news briefs are not acceptable  ( if you want an article from Science or Nature (which are password protected) you can email a request to me and I will email the article to you.)

Need Help learning how to write article summaries? Check out http://www.yukoncollege.yk.ca/~agraham/guides/guidec.shtml

Ecology

Fish Invasions in the World's River Systems: When Natural Processes Are Blurred by Human Activities  http://biology.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pbio.0060028&ct=1

Conservation biology: Cats, rats and seabirds  http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v451/n7175/full/451134a.html

Nitrogen balance and Arctic throughflow http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v443/n7107/full/443043a.html

Methane bubbling from Siberian thaw lakes as a positive feedback to climate warming http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v443/n7107/full/nature05040.html

Macromolecules:

A lipid-based model for the creation of an escape hatch from the endoplasmic reticulum http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v448/n7152/full/nature06004.html
Changes in Membrane Polar Lipid Fatty Acids of Seashore Paspalum in Response to Low Temperature Exposure http://crop.scijournals.org/cgi/content/full/42/6/2031

Body Systems

Immunology: Natural killer cells remember p544 Cells of the adaptive immune system hold a grudge: on re-encountering a pathogen, they show a robust protective response. It seems that natural killer cells of the innate immune system might also have this ability. Sophie Ugolini & Eric Vivier Full Text | PDF (1,935K)\

Feedback Protection for the Inner Ear: http://biology.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pbio.1000012&ct=1 (1/2009)

pbio_1000019_tn From Creation to Consolidation: A Novel Framework for Memory Processing
Edwin M. Robertson
Full-text | Screen PDF (429K)  (1/2009)

 

Cell Signaling

The JAZ family of repressors is the missing link in jasmonate signalling (jasmine scent in flowers) http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v448/n7154/full/nature06006.html

Immunology: Narcissistic helpers http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v448/n7152/full/448416a.html

Inflammatory disease: Assault on the guardian http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v448/n7152/full/448421a.html

Immunology: Sensing the enemy within http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v448/n7152/full/448423a.html

Photosynthesis

Arsenic(III) Fuels Anoxygenic Photosynthesis in Hot Spring Biofilms from Mono Lake, California

Evidence of Global Chlorophyll d

Prolonged suppression of ecosystem carbon dioxide uptake after an anomalously warm year http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v455/n7211/full/nature07296.html

Old-growth forests as global carbon sinks http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v455/n7210/full/nature07276.html

Tracing the stepwise oxygenation of the Proterozoic ocean http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v452/n7186/full/nature06811.html

Astrobiology: Photosynthesis in watercolours http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v448/n7152/full/448418a.html

Cyclic electron flow around photosystem I is essential for photosynthesis http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/nature/journal/v429/n6991/full/nature02598_fs.html

Cell Reproduction/Cancer/Immunology

Virology: The battle within http://www.nature.com/news/2008/080123/full/451388a.html;jsessionid=48F7C0C4F847E2DE965EB8A95C30BA74

NEW WAY TO MAKE STEM CELLS WITHOUT USING EMBRYOS http://www.nature.com/news/2007/070604/full/447618a.html

Cancer Regression in Patients After Transfer of Genetically Engineered Lymphocytes http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/rapidpdf/1129003v1.pdf

Stem-cell ageing modified by the cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor p16INK4a: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature05159.html

Cancer biology: Infectious tumor cells http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v443/n7107/full/443035a.html

Ageing: Mice and mitochondria http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/nature/journal/v429/n6990/full/429357a_fs.html

Centrosomes and Chromosome Segregation: : http://biology.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10%2E1371%2Fjournal%2Epbio%2E0040065

Genes/ Central Dogma

Minireview      (just need to register)
Sperm dumping as a defense against meiotic drive
Tom Price, Zenobia Lewis, Nina Wedell
Journal of Biology 2009, 8:6 (20 January 2009)

pbio_1000026_tn Hotspots of Biased Nucleotide Substitutions in Human Genes
Jonas Berglund, Katherine S. Pollard, and Matthew T. Webster
Full-text | Author Summary | Screen PDF (388K)

pbio_1000016_tn A Novel Function for Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein in Translational Activation
Elias G. Bechara, Marie Cecile Didiot, Mireille Melko, Laetitia Davidovic, Mounia Bensaid, Patrick Martin, Marie Castets, Philippe Pognonec, Edouard W. Khandjian, Hervé Moine, and Barbara Bardoni
Full-text | Author Summary | Screen PDF (887K)

Molecular biology: RNA rules  http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v451/n7175/full/451131a.html

Genomic biology: The epigenomic era opens http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v448/n7153/full/448548a.html (introduction) actual article: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v448/n7153/full/nature06008.html

Genetic variants regulating ORMDL3 expression contribute to the risk of childhood asthma http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v448/n7152/full/nature06014.html

A Synthetic Maternal-Effect Selfish Genetic Element Drives Population Replacement in Drosophila http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/rapidpdf/1138595v1.pdf

Editing-defective tRNA synthetase causes protein misfolding and neurodegeneration http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v443/n7107/full/nature05096.html

Molecular biology: Sticky end in protein synthesis http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v443/n7107/full/nature05002.html

Looping out Introns: http://biology.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10%2E1371%2Fjournal%2Epbio%2E0040041

Gene regulation: A reason for reading nonsense http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/nature/journal/v429/n6991/full/429510a_fs.html

Proteomics and cancer: Running before we can walk? http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/nature/journal/v429/n6991/full/429496a_fs.html

Behavioural genetics: All in the family http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/nature/journal/v429/n6991/full/429517a_fs.html

Searching for the Genome's Second Code: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/306/5696/632

Gene Order and Dyanmic Domains http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/306/5696/644

Jumping Genes in Plants: http://biology.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10%2E1371%2Fjournal%2Epbio%2E0040035

Development

Developmental biology: A ten per cent solution http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v448/n7152/full/448420a.html

Prokaryotes

Cell biology: Bacteria's new bones  http://www.nature.com/news/2008/080109/full/451124a.html

Evolutionary Origins of Prokaryotic Genomes: http://biology.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pbio.0030130

True Evolutionary History of Bacteria: http://biology.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pbio.0000031

Where do all those genes come from? http://biology.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pbio.0030169

The ring of life provides evidence for a genome fusion origin of eukaryotes 152
MARIA C. RIVERA AND JAMES A. LAKE
doi:10.1038/nature02848
Summary | Full text | PDF (155k) | N&V | Supplementary Information

Evolution

Adaptive Plasticity in Female Mate Choice Dampens Sexual Selection on Male Ornaments in the Lark Bunting (Fickle females keep changing their minds) http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/319/5862/459

Implications of new early Homo fossils from Ileret, east of Lake Turkana, Kenya http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v448/n7154/full/nature05986.html

Survey Sequencing and Comparative Analysis of the Elephant Shark (Callorhinchus milii) Genome
Byrappa Venkatesh, Ewen F. Kirkness, Yong-Hwee Loh, Aaron L. Halpern, Alison P. Lee, Justin Johnson, Nidhi Dandona, Lakshmi D. Viswanathan, Alice Tay, J. Craig Venter, Robert L. Strausberg, Sydney Brenner
The cartilaginous elephant shark has a basal phylogenetic position useful for understanding jawed vertebrate evolution. Survey sequencing of its genome identified four Hox clusters, suggesting that, unlike for teleost fishes, no additional whole-genome duplication has occurred.
http://biology.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pbio.0050101

A juvenile early hominin skeleton from Dikika, Ethiopia (3 year old A. afarensis) http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v443/n7109/abs/nature05047.html

Deuterostome phylogeny reveals monophyletic chordates and the new phylum Xenoturbellida http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v444/n7115/full/nature05241.html

Molecular insights into human brain evolution http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v437/n7055/full/nature04103.html

Gene Losses during Human Origins http://biology.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pbio.0040052

Adaptive evolution of non-coding DNA in Drosophila http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v437/n7062/full/nature04107.html

Evolution at Two Levels: On Genes and Form http://biology.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pbio.0030245

Divergent Selection and the Evolution of Signal Traits and Mating Preferences http://biology.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pbio.0030368

A Map of Recent Positive Selection in the Human Genome http://biology.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10%2E1371%2Fjournal%2Epbio%2E0040072

Sexual behaviour:  Rapid speciation in an arthropod http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v433/n7024/full/433375a.html

Microcephalin, a Gene Regulating Brain Size, Continues to Evolve Adaptively in Humans http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/309/5741/1717

Conservation of Y-linked genes during human evolution revealed by comparative sequencing in chimpanzee http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v437/n7055/full/nature04101.html

Less is More: http://biology.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10%2E1371%2Fjournal%2Epbio%2E0040076

Genome sequencing: Differences with the relatives http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/nature/journal/v429/n6990/full/429353a_fs.html

Tortoise conservation: One of a kind http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/nature/journal/v429/n6991/full/429498a_fs.html

Species Interactions and the Evolution of Sex http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/304/5673/1018

Extinct Dwarf Hominid Discovery  http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/nature/journal/v431/n7012/full/4311043a_fs.html

Fat Bubbles and Origin of Life http://www.hhmi.org/news/szostak4.html + http://www.hhmi.org/news/szostak3.html + http://www.hhmi.org/news/szostak2.html + http://www.hhmi.org/news/szostak.html 

Bioethics

Other Extra Credit Articles

New Insights to the Structure of Water http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/304/5673/974

Lost at Sea: Where is all the Plastic: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/304/5672/838?etoc

High levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide necessary for the termination of global glaciation http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/nature/journal/v429/n6992/full/nature02640_fs.html

Theoretical immunology: Parasitic turncoat http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/nature/journal/v429/n6991/full/429511a_fs.html

Neurobiology: A matter of balance http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/nature/journal/v429/n6991/full/429515a_fs.html

Pheromone Article:  MHC Class I Peptides as Chemosensory Signals in the Vomeronasal Organ(click on full article)  http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/306/5698/1033?etoc

Obesity and the Endoplasmic Reticulum http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/306/5695/457

Single Origin of the Eye http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/sci;306/5697/796a

Cancer Killing Compound http://www.hhmi.org/news/korsmeyer4.html

Evolution of the Immune System: http://biology.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10%2E1371%2Fjournal%2Epbio%2E0040075

Cross-pollination and Ecosystem Stability: http://biology.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10%2E1371%2Fjournal%2Epbio%2E0040012