My Words

These are the essays I wrote for my Internet Biology 1100 course. Feel free to read and think about them. Please don't use them anywhere without discussing it with me, since technically they belong to the College of DuPage, which owns my course. Please honor the copyright notice at the bottom of each essay.

Science and Life

What is Science?
The Great "SM"
It's Just a Theory, Right?
Limitations of Science
Vitalism and Mechanism
So What Is Life?
Taxonomy: The Real Poop


Defining Species
About Those Stable Ecosystems...
Adaptive Radiation
Energy In An Ecosystem
Food Chains and Food Webs
Trophic Pyramids
Defense and Offense
Mimicry: The Tale of the Birds and the Butterflies


What's In a Name?
Two Parts to the Theory
Aristotle and the Great Chain
Plato and the Perfect Universe
The Geological Chart
The Fossil Record: Help or Hindrance?
Signatures of History
The New Synthesis
About Mutation
Molecular Clocks
Social Darwinism
Better Life Through Genetics
The Question of Extinction
Mass Extinctions
Dinosaur Revolution

Bodies and Cells

Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells
Cell Structure
Life Together: The Origin of Mitochondria and Chloroplasts
Big and Small


Mr. and Mrs. George Gene
Mitosis and Meiosis
Lynn's Five Rules of Pedigree Analysis
Solving Genetics Problems I: Monohybrid Crosses
Solving Genetics Problems II: Dihybrid Crosses
Solving Genetics Problems III: Sex Linkage
Multiple Alleles: ABO Blood Groups
Rh Disease
A Matter of Sex
Ah, DNA!
Just What Is A Gene, Anyway?
The Double Helix