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This is an
article published November 18th,that talks about research done by people with certain cancer drugs on mice. It was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and it reversed Type 1 diabetes in 80% of the mice that had taken the drugs for 8-10 weeks. The effects of reversing Type 1 diabetes continued even after the mice stopped taking the drugs, which is significant because other drugs that have reversed diabetes stopped having effects after they stopped taking the drugs. One of the researchers of this project at the University of California in San Fransico said that the drugs they used may potentially be useful in Type 1 diabetes. Right now though they don't know if it would actually be safe.

(2008, November 18 ). Cancer Drugs May Treat Type 1 Diabetes . Retrieved November 18, 2008, from U.S. News Web site: http://health.usnews.com/articles/health/healthday/2008/11/18/cancer-drugs-may-treat-type-1-diabetes.html

Necrotizing Fasciitis

  • Necrotizing Facsiitis is an infection that works its way through all of the layers of tissue that surrouond a person's muscles, destroying the tissues. It is also known as flesh-eating disease and it can lead to death.
  • It is caused by differnet bacteria like Streptococcus A, or GAS bacteria. (Streptococcus causes strep throat.) GAS bacteria are very common on a person's throat or skin, but that does not mean that they will get the disease. Necrotizing Fasciitis is rare.
  • It is spread through close contact like kissing someone with the disease. People who are sick with strep throat are likely to spread the bacteria, but not the actual disease. There are risk factors for the disease like a weakened immune system.
  • Symptoms of the disease are having a high fever and a very painful red swelling that is hot and spreads fast. Sometimes the painful sweelings starts somewhere obvious like a cut or a bruise. The skin near the swelling may turn a purple color and die.
  • Treatment usually involves surgery to get rid of the infected tissue, along with antibiotics to fight the infection. There is no vaccine or cure for the disease so far.

(2008, April 03). Group Necrotizing Fasciitis/Myositis. Retrieved November 9, 2008, from Public Health Agency of Canada Web site: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/info/necro_e.html

Flesh Eating Disease
This is a video that shows some cool and gross pictures of necrotizing fasciitis, the flesh eating disease.

(2008, April 01). Necrotizing Fasciitis. Retrieved November 9, 2008, from Youtube Web site: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3heqt6daRU

Anatomy and Physiology link

I found a website about the different systems of the human body. They are all interesting, and especially the cardiovascular system in particular! There are pages of information about each of the systems that work together in our bodies to maintain homeostasis. There are also little quizzes for the different pages.

~ Anatomy and Physiology~

Anatomy & Physiology. Retrieved November 3, 2008, Web site: http://training.seer.cancer.gov/module_anatomy/anatomy_physiology_home.html

How cigaretes affect our bodies: This video is extremely powerful!

Every Cigarette Is Doing You Damage - The funniest home videos are here

This video shows some problems that are common results of smoking. It has pretty cool images in it.

Every cigarette is doing you damage. Retrieved November 7, 2008, from www.metacafe.com Web site: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1052512/every_cigarette_is_doing_you_damage/

Closest ape relatives of humans


(2005, December 19). Scientists Narrow the Time Limits for the Human and Chimpanzee Split. Retrieved October 16, 2008, from Eberly College of Science Web site: http://www.science.psu.edu/alert/HedgesWalker12-2005.htm

The above picture is from this web page It was from a study done a while ago about the most recent common ancestor of humans and their closest ape relative, the chimpanzee. Scientists think that humans diverged from chimpanzees about 5 to 7 million years ago. they know this through gene studies, which made the timeframe shorther than when they used fossils and molecular clocks. They studyied the arrangement of nucleotides one after the other in the DNA molecules of each species. The number of mutations in the DNA sequence of a species, compared with other species, is a gauge of its rate of evolutionary change.

Ancient Bacteria
This is a short video about ancient bacteria that talks about why they are important to us today. I like it because it is sort of part of what we are learning about in biology right now, with the different kingdoms and the two different kinds of bacteria.

(2007, October 11). Cell Biology (clip). Retrieved October 15, 2008, from Youtube Web site:

History of Cells From Billions of Years Ago

This video has the ancient bacteria video clip in it. It is really long, and it explains a lot of stuff we already know from biology this year. But it is cool, and I think it is interesting to learn about prokaryotes. In fact there is a link between bacteria that do photosynthesis and plants that are around today. This video shows stuff about chloroplasts and how they may once have been free-living organisms.

(2007, December 13). Cell Biology. Retrieved October 15, 2008, from Youtube Web site: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zufaN_aetZI

Cool Animated Video
This is a really cool animated video . It's got a lot of different medical stuff, like birth, cell division, protein synthesis and a heart filling with or pumping blood.

(2007, February 07). Very Cool 3D Medical Animation. Retrieved September 30, 2008, from Youtube Web site: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=7B08itXiXok&feature=related

Medical Animation
This is another medical animation. It is of a normal vaginal childbirth and it shows the baby (animated) but is very cool.

(2007, March 27). 3D Medical Animation of Normal Vaginal Birth (Childbirth). Retrieved September 30, 2008, from Youtube Web site: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=Xath6kOf0NE

(2008). Vaginal Birth; Labor and Delivery. Retrieved September 30, 2008, from Health Library Web site: http://healthlibrary.epnet.com/GetContent.aspx?token=c5987b1e-add7-403a-b817-b3efe6109265&chunkiid=14790

This video has some interesting facts about hummingbirds that I didn't know.

****Hummingbird Video****

(2008, September 27). Hummingbirds. Retrieved September 27, 2008, from National Geographic Web site: http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/animals/birds-animals/parrots-hummingbirds/hummingbirds.html

The Path of a Red Blood Cell

This is a neat video.
(2006, November 21). Blood. Retrieved September 30, 2008, from Youtube Web site: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=fQNrW8O9I10

Another video I like is one about how dolphins get their food. The website it is on has other simple interesting videos too about animals.

**Dolphin Video**

(2008, September 27). Dolphin Dinner. Retrieved September 27, 2008, from National Geographic kids Web site: http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/kids/animals-pets-kids/mammals-kids/dolphin-fishing-kids.html


Why does the appendix need to be removed? To get a clear idea about the appendix and it's removal watch this slideshow.**http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey**


(1996). Appendiditis & Appendectomy. Retrieved September 28, 2008, from Medicinenet.com Web site: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey

(2008, September 09). Medical encyclopedia. Retrieved September 29, 2008, from Medicine Plus Web site: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/MEDLINEPLUS/ency/imagepages/1128.htm

A Rhinoplasty VideoThis video is kind of cool . It is short but very detailed about why the woman has the surgery, what the surgeon is doing, and what having a rhinoplasty is like. You can tell why she is having the surgery because of the shape of her nose.

(2007, September 06). Rhinoplasty Cosmetic Nose Surgery Toronto. Retrieved September 30, 2008, from Youtube Web site: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=AgkwAfyaYl8

This is a poem about having a cold. It has a cute ending.

My Cold

You became part of me,
just when, I'm not quite sure.
Most Likely in the subway,
where the air is not so pure.

Borne by airborne droplets,
sprayed out by some sneeze,
from some afflicted victim,victim.gif
then carried by the breeze.

First my throat was sore.
Now my nose is streaming.
Viri in my head and chest,
Their numbers must be teeming.

It seems unthinkable
that such a tiny sphere
300 Angstroms wide
has left me lying here.

But, I know this is an old war
my body's fought before.
Little does this virus know
what there is in store.

In my spleen
the leucocytes issued with their warrant,
spill out into my blood
and are carried by the torrent.

Into all capillaries and annexes they stray,
seeking virus O-1-4 until they find their prey.
"Feed a cold" someone said. I ate and drank my fill.
Knowing that more leucocytes would go in for the kill.

Now I am much better.
My head is feeling clear.
A day in bed to sweat it out
has brought the end quite near.

Here is the epilogue:
Just when I thought I'd won,
I looked up at Fabienne
and knew I'd passed it on!

Thompson, A. (1999). Biology Poems. Retrieved September 23, 2008, from Biology Web site: http://www.xs4all.nl/~jcdverha/scijokes/4_1.html
(2008. September 29). Is it the flu, a cold...?. Retrieved September 28, 2008, from Farm Gate Web site: http://www.tdc.ca/victim2.gif

Links to a Few Videos

  • **Carnivorous Plants** "Animals don't eat it. It eats animals," according to David Attenborough. In this video he shows us some things about the venus fly trap, and how it functions. He also talks about another carnivorous plant that can kill frogs and ants to use for energy.

(2007, February 09). Venus Fly Trap. Retrieved September 27, 2008, from Youtube Web site: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=ktIGVtKdgwo

  • **Brown Anole Lizard**: This video is primarily about the Bahamas where the islands do not rise much out of the water. It is a spot where there are many hurricanes. However, the Brown Anole Lizard can still survive and even thrives on these islands. Below is an image of the lizard.

(2008, September 14). Bahamas: Hurricane Central. Retrieved September 27, 2008, from Youtube Web site: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=HgI7BHU5cdU


(2008, September 23). Brown Anole. Retrieved September 23, 2008, from Wikipedia Web site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anolis_sagrei

  • Sunbathing Giant Mice: This one is a short video about rabbit-like animals and how they sit in the sun to keep warm. They are from the Andes between Chile and Argentina. Even though it looks sunny and warm they live in extreme temperatures in the mountains. There is some more information about them below.

(2008, 14 September). Sunbathing Giant Mice. Retrieved September 27, 2008, from Youtube Web site: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=b8bljb9zFwY

  • **Barrier Reef**This video shows what the second biggest barrier reef in the world looks like on the outside. It also shows some organisms that live there in the Caribbean. There is a "blue hole" that is about 400 metres across, and less than 200 metres deep. People actually go diving there. It's kind of neat. For more information about the Blue Hole and of dicoveries explorers have made about it, click here.

(2008, September 14). Second Largest Barrier Reef on Earth. Retrieved September 27, 2008, from Youtube Web site: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=_I38GgC4zz0


(2008, September 21). 365 Feet to The Bottom of The Blue Hole. Retrieved September 21, 2008, from Ambergriscaye.com Web site: http://ambergriscaye.com/pages/town/blueholebottom.html**

Extreme Science
This website has pages about a few different branches of science. One of the neat ones is a page about World records in the Animal Kingdom, if you look at zoology. It's very informative. Extremescience.com
(2008). Science to the Extrme!. Retrieved September 27, 2008, from Extreme Science Web site: http://www.extremescience.com/

Worlds Only Scuba Diving Cat

My Uncle came to visit once and wouldn't leave until I watched this. It's kind of interesting and oddly inspirational.

(2007, April 02). World's only scuba diving cat. Retrieved September 18, 2008, from Youtube Web site:


Colon Cancer

Since I have become pretty interested in cancer lately, I have decided to put some videos about colon cancer (in the intestines) on my wikipage. This one basically only shows an endoscope going through the bowel that has cancer growths.

(2006, Augusr 06). Colon Cancer. Retrieved September 28, 2008, from Youtube Web site: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=YMB44VKKVLQ&feature=related


This video is about a lady who is an English surgeon. She is talking about bowel cancer.

(2008, August 11). Bowel Cancer. Retrieved September 29, 2008, from Youtube Web site: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=McXj-8VMZjk

Komodo Dragons:

I saw some in Florida when I was ten. In the video, there is a scientist talking about breeding komodo dragons. (There is also a part where the komodo dragon swallows a rodent near the end that I like.)

(2007, May 24). Komodo Dragons. Retrieved September 18, 2008, from Youtube Web site: **http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=jTnrm338_KY********

I found a silly joke on a web page that I like. It is about farming.
A city slicker moves to the country and decides he's going to take up farming. He heads to the local co-op and tells the man, "Give me 100 baby chickens." The co-op man complies. A week later the man returns and says, "Give me 200 baby chickens." The co-op man complies. Again, a week later the man returns. This time he says, "Give me 500 baby chickens." "Wow!" the co-op man replies. "You must really be doing well!" "Naw," said the man with a sigh. "I'm either planting them too deep or too far apart!"
Jokes for Biology Class. Retrieved September 16, 2008, from Jokes for Biology Class Web site: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Oracle/5470/biohumor.html

Lions and Leopards Video

I was looking on youtube for something related to biology, and I found a video about Lions and Leopards because I like to watch animal videos. I like it because it is a good visual about what they do.

(2007, March 15). Lions and Leopards. Retrieved September 16, 2008, from Youtube Web site: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=P7edtZYgYiw

Beating Heart During Open Heart Surgery

The next video basically shows a beating heart, which is cool. There is also a man talking about the surgery being performed. It is a Coronary Artery Surgery.

(2008, April 08). Beating Heart Surgery. Retrieved September 16, 2008, from Youtube Web site: **http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=Zxqj1BcBpIg**

Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery is done on patients with clogged arteries, so that they will have a better blood flow and more oxygen going back to their heart. This can improve you chances of avoiding a heart attack. In a nutshell, to perform a CABG, a healthy blood vessel from another part of your body is needed, and will be used to make a detour around the bad artery to your heart.

Bypass Surgery, Coronary Artery. Retrieved September 16, 2008, from American heart Association Web site: **http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4484**


Private tuition. Retrieved September 16, 2008, from Alpha Tutors Web site: http://images.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http://www.alphatutors.co.uk/cat_biology.jpg