Human Biology · Intermediate

The Systems Series: Digestion

Image credit The digestive system consists of the gastrointestinal tract and accessory organs that allow us to digest food that we consume. The GI tract is the path from your mouth, down your oesophagus, into the stomach, through the small intestine until you get to the large intestine. Accessory organs are the glands and organs…… Continue reading The Systems Series: Digestion

Health · Human Biology · Intermediate

What is antimicrobial resistance?

Image credit Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the all-encompassing term used to describe the ability of a microorganism such as fungi, bacteria, or a virus to become resistant to antibiotics. This is important because at current rates in which microbes are becoming resistant to antibiotics, we are at a huge risk of modern medicine going back…… Continue reading What is antimicrobial resistance?

Animal Biology · Intermediate

Let’s not beetle around the bush – which parent does the better job?

There is no question that parents influence their children’s traits and characteristics. But have you ever wondered which parent affects you more – your mother or your father? Research on a species, Nicrophorus vespilloides, shown in figure 1, has shown how different genders of grandparent and parent beetles have varying effects on offspring generations. It…… Continue reading Let’s not beetle around the bush – which parent does the better job?