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Index of Topics in Biology

Serendip has information on an wide array of different topics in the area of biology, including papers with web references written by students in Biology 103, a course at Bryn Mawr College. Like other things on Serendip, these are not intended to be the final word on any subject, but rather represent the sense that individuals have been able to make for themselves about particular questions and windows through which others can begin their own explorations of them. Following is a topic index of these papers, making it possible to easily search for topics of particular interest. Use the alphabet links to get to topics starting with particular letters, and topic links to get lists of particular papers. Click on titles under particular topics to get to the papers themselves. Lists of relevant web references can be found at the end of each paper. Index created by Katie DiFelice in spring, 2001, and updated in winter, 2002.

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A

ABORTION
AGGRESSION
AGING
AGRICULTURE
AIDS
ALCOHOL
ALIEN LIFE
ALLERGIES
ALTERNATIVE HEALING
ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
ANIMALS
ANTIBACTERIAL SOAPS
APOCALYPSE
ASPARTAME
ASTHMA
ASTIGMATISM
ASTRONOMY
ATHLETES
AURORA BOREALIS
AUTISM

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B

BEAUTY
BIOINFORMATICS
BIOLUMINESCENCE
BIPOLAR DISORDER
BIRTH CONTROL/FERTILITY
BIRTHMARKS
BRAIN
BREASTFEEDING

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C

CANCER
CANNABIS
CIRCADIAN RHYTHM
CLENBUTEROL
CLONING
COLOR
CREATIVITY
CYBERMEDICINE

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D

DEEP-SEA LIVING
DEPRESSION
DIABETES
DNA
DREAMS
DYSLEXIA

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E

EBOLA VIRUS
ECSTASY
EGG DONATIONS
ELECTROSHOCK THERAPY
EMOTIONS
ENTERIC NERVOUS SYSTEM
ENVIRONMENTALISM
ESTROGEN
EUGENICS
EVOLUTION

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F

FOOD
FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY

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G

GENETICS
GENETIC DISEASES

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H

HABITATS
HAIR
HEMISPHERES OF BRAIN
HOMOSEXUALITY
HUMOR
HYPOCHONDRIASIS

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I

ILLNESS
INTELLIGENCE

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L

LANGUAGE
LAUGHTER
LEUKEMIA
LOBOTOMY
LUNAR CYCLES
LYME DISEASE

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M

MANGROVE FORESTS
MELATONIN
MEMORY
MENINGITIS
MENSTRUATION
MIFEPRISTONE
MORALITY
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
MUSIC

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N

NANOTECHNOLOGY

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O

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER
OBESITY
ORIGIN OF LIFE

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P

PAIN
PANIC
PARKINSON'S DISEASE
PESTICIDES
PHEROMONES
PHOBIAS
PLANTS
PRE-IMPLANATION GENETIC DIAGNOSIS
PROTEINS

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R

RACISM
RELIGION
RETT SYNDROME
REWARD DEFICIENCY SYNDROME
RIPARIAN ZONE

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S

SCHIZOPHRENIA
SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER
SENSES
SEX DETERMINATION
SHINGLES
SHROUD OF TURIN
SLEEP
SMELL
SOCIOBIOLOGY
SPIRITUALITY
STEREOGRAPHS
STEROIDS
STRESS

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T

TECHNOLOGY
TISSUE ENGINEERING
TROPICAL DISEASES
TWINS

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U

URBAN RISKS

W

WARFARE

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X

XENOTRANSPLANTATION

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Z

ZOMBIES

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ABORTION
Mifepristone (RU-486): The Medical Abortion
Bome Marrow Deficiency, Genetics, and Abortion
Mifepristone... "The Abortion Pill": The Facts
Abortion - Methods and Procedures

AGGRESSION
Biology and Aggression
Addicted to Rage?

AGING
Accepting and Adapting: Antioxidants and Aging
Teens Before Their Time
Alzheimer's Disease

AGRICULTURE
Large Cranberry and High-Bush Blueberry Cultivation
The Origins of Agriculture: Rise of Civilization or Defying Evolution?

AIDS
The AIDS Epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa
HIV/AIDS
Mutant CCR5: A Cure For AIDS?
"Kitchen Table" Prevention for HIV/AIDS
Should We Rethink Whether or not HIV Causes AIDS?

ALCOHOL
The Effects of Alcohol on the Body
Applying Step One to finding a genetic cure for Alcoholism
Alcohol Consumtion: Losing a Sense of Self

ALIEN LIFE
Life on Mars?

ALLERGIES
Allergies and Their Treatments

ALTERNATIVE HEALING
Eastern and Western Shingles Treatment
The Detriments of a Hospital Delivery
Alternative ADD/ADHD Remedial Methods
Companion Pets
Xenotransplantation
A Laugh a Day Keeps the Doctor Away?
Diet and Depression: Is There a Link? Can it Hurt to Try?
Apitherapy
CAM and the Medical Community
Medical Marijuana

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ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
Alzheimer's Disease

ANIMALS
Dinosaur Extinction
The Evolutionary Steps of Fish
The Giant Panda
Jellyfish
Malaclemys Terrapin Terrapin - The Northern Diamondback Terrapin
The Northern Spotted owl in Danger of Finding a Home
Sharks: Killing Machines?
Wolf Culling
Jaws Returns?
What IS this stuff?: The World of Slime Mold
"Brake for Moose; It Could Save Your Life"- Really!
Bioluminescence: Fireflies and the Future
Companion Pets
The Significance of Biodiversity: Why We Should Protect the Natural Environment
Hairy Business
Wolves, Wild, Again

ANTIBACTERIAL SOAPS
Can We Get Too Clean?

APOCALYPSE
Apocalypse Now. Why not?

ASPARTAME
Aspartame:the REAL Story?
Aspartame: Safe Sugar Substitute or Deadly Diet Aid?

ASTHMA
What's All the Huff...or Rather Puff...About?
Asthma

ASTIGMATISM
Seeing Straight

ASTRONOMY
Bopped by Hale-Bopp
Aurora Borealis

ATHLETES
Wonder Girls and Steroids
The Female Athlete Triad: Characteristics, Consequences, and Social Implications

AURORA BOREALIS
Aurora Borealis

AUTISM
Autism in Children

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BEAUTY
The 'Perfect' Female (an analysis of Biology of Beauty)

BIOINFORMATICS
Bioinformatics: The Gold Rush of Today

BIOLUMINESCENCE
Bioluminescence: Fireflies and the Future

BIPOLAR DISORDER
Gene Linkage and Bipolar Disorder/ Manic Depression

BIRTH CONTROL/FERTILITY
Different Forms of Birth Control
Health Effects of Menstruation and Birth Control Pills
Sexual Politics and Sperm Inhibition: The Male Birth Control Pill
Fertility Drugs: Are they worth it?

BIRTHMARKS
Birthmarks

BRAIN
There and Back Again: An Artist's Exploration of the Science behind Art and Creativity
Music, Language, and the Brain

BREASTFEEDING
Convenience and Replacement: the Pervasive Corporate Influence Over Breastfeeding

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CANCER
Breast Cancer and the Environment
Incidence of Breast Cancer
Cannabis: Passing the Pipe to Cancer Patients
The Catch-22 of Breast Cancer Treatment
Cervical Cancer: the Issue in Developing Nations

CANNABIS
Cannabis: Passing the Pipe to Cancer Patients
Medical Marijuana

CIRADIAN RHYTHM
Talk of Circadian Rhythm

CLENBUTEROL
Tainted Meat: Clenbuterol Use in the Meat Industry

CLONING
What is cloning - Is it Right or Wrong?
Cloning: Right or Wrong
Cloning: Controversial Science
Friend for Life: My Clone and I
Is Cloning a Good Excuse?
Is Cloning ethical and should it be pursued?

COLOR
Color Perception
Autumn Bliss: why is fall so beautiful here?
Seeing Red
Pingelap: Island of the Colorblind

CREATIVITY
There and Back Again: An Artist's Exploration of the Science behind Art and Creativity

CYBERMEDICINE
It was Bound to Happen: Medicine Meets the Internet

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DEEP-SEA LIVING
It's a Tough Life

DEPRESSION
Clearing Thoughts on Depression
Diet and Depression: Is There a Link? Can it Hurt to Try?
Depression: Dissolving the Mysteries of Serotonin and Prozac

DIABETES
Is Nagging Effective Against Diabetes?

DNA
DNA Computing
What is the Human Genome Project - Why is it Important to Society
The RNA World and Beyond: Scientific Speculation on the Origin of Life
Getting at the Root of the Problem: Genetic Disease and the Human Genome Project

DREAMS
Is this a dream?

DYSLEXIA
Exploring Dyslexia

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EBOLA VIRUS
The Ebola Virus: Candidate for Genetic Mutation?

ECSTASY
Now Get in the Pit and Try to Love Someone: Ecstasy, Empathy, and Evolution
The Suicide Love Drug

EGG DONATIONS
Egg Donations

ELECTROSHOCK THERAPY
Shocking to Recovery, or Just Shocking?: a Look into the Process, the Pros and the Cons of Electroshock Therapy

EMOTIONS
Did Emotions Evolve?

ENTERIC NERVOUS SYSTEM
The Brain in Your Gut

ENVIRONMENTALISM
When Economics and Environment Collide

ESTROGEN
Estrogen and the Memory

EUGENICS
Who Should and Who Should Not Inhabit the World?
The Heart of Difference: Reconciling Bioethics with the Doctrine of Perfection

EVOLUTION
Location and Evolution: Habitats Creating Inhabitants
Did Emotions Evolve?
The Origins of Agriculture: Rise of Civilization or Defying Evolution?
The Evolution of Techologically Inspired Evlutionary Thoughts
The Evolutionary Steps of Fish
Apocalypse Now. Why not?
Man's Evolution
Neo-Darwinism: Is It All It's Cracked Up To Be?
Where Did We Come From? An Exploration of Different Theories of Evolution
Darwinism versus Creationism

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FOOD
Organic or not Organic?
Chocoholics
Diet and Depression: Is There a Link? Can it Hurt to Try?
Would you put biotechnology-derived foods on your plate?

FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY
An Overview of Forensic Anthropology

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GENETICS
To Uplift or Not To Uplift: The Ethics of Genetic Manipulation
The Uncertainties of Genetically Modified Foods
Is This Really a Tomato?
What Are We Eating?
What is the Human Genome Project - Why is it Important to Society
Applying Step One to finding a genetic cure for Alcoholism
Neo-Darwinism: Is It All It's Cracked Up To Be?
Is Cloning a Good Excuse?
Leaf Transmutation
Would you put biotechnology-derived foods on your plate?
Getting at the Root of the Problem: Genetic Disease and the Human Genome Project
Gene Linkage and Bipolar Disorder/ Manic Depression

GENETIC DISEASES
Down Syndrome
Sickle Cell Disease

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HABITATS
Location and Evolution: Habitats Creating Inhabitants
Why the World Needs its Mangroves: A Look into the Natural and Human Relationships With Mangrove Forests

HAIR
Hairy Business

HEMISPHERES OF BRAIN
Left and Right Sides of the Brain: Which is Your Dominant Side?

HOMOSEXUALITY
The Genetics of Homosexuality

HUMOR
Biological Humor: the Intricacies of Scientific Jest

HYPOCHONDRIASIS
It's All In Your Head...Or Is It? The Workings of Hypochondriasis

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ILLNESS
Four Common College Ailments

INTELLIGENCE
Multiple Intelligences Theory

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LANGUAGE
Technology and Bilingualism
Language Acquisition and Affective Variables
Music, Language, and the Brain

LAUGHTER
A Serious Look at Laughter
A Laugh a Day Keeps the Doctor Away?

LEUKEMIA
The Feline Leukemia Virus

LOBOTOMY
Lobotomy and Schizophrenia

LUNAR CYCLES
Full Moon Madness: The Search or a Relationship between the Mind and Lunar Cycles

LYME DISEASE
Lyme Disease Ticks Me Off
Dr. Me

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MANGROVE FORESTS
Why the World Needs its Mangroves: A Look into the Natural and Human Relationships With Mangrove Forests

MELATONIN
Melatonin: Miracle Cure for Jet Lag?

MEMORY
Estrogen and the Memory
Remember This: Memory and the Brain

MENINGITIS
Researching the Childhood Mystry

MENSTRUATION
Synchronized Cycles
Health Effects of Menstruation and Birth Control Pills

MIFEPRISTONE
Mifepristone (RU-486): The Medical Abortion
Mifepristone... "The Abortion Pill": The Facts

MORALITY
The Bioethics Dilemma
The Heart of Difference: Reconciling Bioethics with the Doctrine of Perfection
Morality: Biologically Based?
The History and Importance of Informed Consent in Clinical Trials

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
Deconstructing Multiple Sclerosis

MUSIC
"We are the music makers, We are the dreamers of dreams" (Arthur O'Shaughnessy)
Music, Language, and the Brain

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NANOTECHNOLOGY
Nanotechnology: the Smaller the Better
Nanomachines and Biological Systems: Utopia or Dystopia

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OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER
How to Diagnose a Friend with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (And What to Do With Them Afterwards...)
OCD: Another Brain Puzzle

OBESITY
The Effects of Obesity on Adolescent Development
Obesity
Is Nagging Effective Against Diabetes?

ORIGIN OF LIFE
The Debate of Panspermia: Are We the Descendents of Aliens?
The RNA World and Beyond: Scientific Speculation on the Origin of Life
Where Did We Come From? An Exploration of Different Theories of Evolution
Darwinism versus Creationism

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PAIN
How We Biologically Experience Physical and Emotional Pain

PANIC
Panic Attacks Why? How can we stop them?

PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Parkinson's Disease

PESTICIDES
Mexican Migrant Workers: Dying to Work

PHEROMONES
Do Human Pheromones Really Exist?

PHOBIAS
"There's Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself"
Ahwooooo! Does the Wolfman liveth?

PLANTS
Moss Reproduction
The Sexuality of Flowers
What IS this stuff?: The World of Slime Mold
The Significance of Biodiversity: Why We Should Protect the Natural Environment
Leaf Transmutation
Autumn Bliss: why is fall so beautiful here?

PRE-IMPLANTATION GENETIC DIAGNOSIS
Bome Marrow Deficiency, Genetics, and Abortion

PROTEINS
Two-Faced Proteins (Prions)

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RACISM
"Scientific Racism" in Enlightened Europe: Linnaeus, Darwin, and Galton
Race: Social Concept, Biological Idea

RELIGION
Neurotheology: Which came first, God or the brain?

RETT SYNDROME
Rett Syndrome

REWARD DEFICIENCY SYNDROME
The Root of Reward of Reward Deficiency Syndrome

RIPARIAN ZONE
Streamway Corridrs: The Importance of Riparian Buffer Zones

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SCHIZOPHENIA
Lobotomy and Schizophrenia

SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER
Seasonal Affective Disorder: Lighting the Way
Seasonal Affective Disorder

SENSES
Healing Touch?
It's All In Your Head...Or Is It? The Workings of Hypochondriasis
Synesthesia and Everyday Perception
Seeing Red
Pingelap: Island of the Colorblind

SEX DETERMINATION
He/She/Thee/Me and How We Came to Be
Just Call Me Chris/topher?: The Trouble With Ambiguous Genitalia

SHINGLES
Eastern and Western Shingles Treatment

SHROUD OF TURIN
Debating the Shroud of Turin

SLEEP
Zzzzzzz's: Catch 'em While You Can!
Nod: A Tourist's Handbook
Apnea, Insomnia and other Disorders That Keep you Up at Night
Is this a dream?

SMELL
It's Right Under Our Noses: The Importance of Smell to Science and our Lives

SOCIOBIOLOGY
All Things Explained: A Look into Sociobiology
See the Patriarchy Tumblin' Down!: Using Sociobiology to Bolster Feminist Claims

SPIRITUALITY
The Material Nature of Spirituality
Neurotheology: Which came first, God or the brain?

STEREOGRAPHS
Seeing 3D: Sterographic Carpeting?

STEROIDS
Wonder Girls and Steroids
The Female Athlete Triad: Characteristics, Consequences, and Social Implications

STRESS
How to Deal with Stress Productively

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TECHNOLOGY
The Stone Age, the Ice Age, the Bronze Age...
Bioinformatics: The Gold Rush of Today
Technology and Bilingualism
The Evolution of Techologically Inspired Evlutionary Thoughts
It was Bound to Happen: Medicine Meets the Internet

TISSUE ENGINEERING
Tissue Engineering

TROPICAL DISEASES
West Nile Virus
Malaria
Sickle Cell Disease

TWINS
Twinning and Twinship

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URBAN RISKS
Big City Dangers

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WARFARE
Risking Biological Warfare
The Antrhax Vaccine Scare: How Inconclusive Evidence can Scar American History

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XENOTRANSPLANTATION
Xenotransplantation

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ZOMBIES
You Think I Therefore Am?: The Ethnobiology and Ethics of the Haitian Zombie

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