Biological Fields

Biological fields are the different areas of study related to biology, such as botany, genetics and conservation. The various biological fields differ greatly in size, scope and methodology but all relate to the study of life.


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What Are the Steps of the Nitrogen Cycle?

Nitrogen is essential to living things, but it also plays hard to get.

Glacier 'Mice' Move and That Has Scientists Stumped

Cute little balls of moss, called glacier mice, have been known to move up to an inch a day, all at the same time, like a herd of mice, but how and why?

Commensalism: I Benefit, You Don't, but It's All Good

Commensalism is a form of cooperation among species in which one species benefits from another without the first one suffering any harm from the relationship.

Every Single Living Thing Is Part of an Ecosystem. Here's How They Work

How do we consider a Thing with no edge? Ecosystem ecologists are always trying.

Poisonous Death Cap Mushroom Spreads Over North America

Amanita phalloides is non-native to the North American continent, introduced to California from Europe, and rapidly spreading.

World's Oldest Frozen Sperm Works Just Fine, Thank You Very Much

Surprisingly, sheep semen stored for 50 years produced perfectly healthy lambs.

Horseshoe Crabs Endangered by Biomedical Bloodletting

Horseshoe crabs have blue blood that can detect toxins, a rare ability that's threatening their survival.

The Mystery, Myth and Reality of Plum Island

For years, speculation has surrounded the government's high security animal disease research center, which is slated to close in 2023.

The Magical Medicine of Bezoars

Bezoars are concretions found in the stomachs of animals that were once believed to cure poisoning and plague.

Ancient Egyptian Pregnancy Test Survived Millennia Because It Worked

A strange, but surprisingly accurate, ancient Egyptian pregnancy test survived for millennia and was spread around Africa and Europe because it was just that effective.

Otzi the Iceman Ate a High-fat Last Meal

Researchers say that Otzi, the ancient man found in the Alps in 1991, lived on a diet loaded with fat to maintain warmth and energy in his cold, high-altitude environment.

Scientists Working on a Periodic Table for Ecology

An ecological periodic table could help scientists predict what will happen as climate change forces ecosystems to evolve. But is such a thing possible?

First U.S. Woman Gives Birth From Transplanted Uterus

A woman has given birth to the first baby born in the U.S. from a transplanted uterus. The product is no doubt rewarding, but the process isn't easy.

Intricate Ice Caves in Antarctica May Harbor Unique Life

On the surface, Antarctica may seem like a barren landscape. But underneath, in massive ice caves, life may be abundant.

Do Large Undiscovered Species Still Exist?

What are the chances there are still large, undiscovered animals on the planet? More likely than you might think.

Donating Your Body to Science Becoming More Popular in U.S.

Donating your body to science is definitely one way to get into med school, right?

How Leprosy Works

There are many myths and stigmas associated with leprosy, almost all completely incorrect. It's not a very contagious disease, and it's easily treatable. What else is wrong in the common beliefs about Hansen's disease?

How Donating Your Body to Science Works

There's a great need for people to donate their bodies to science but not many people think about doing it. What happens to your body after you make that decision?

Why do people sing in the shower?

Jack Black does it. Wyclef Jean does it. And chances are, you do it, too. Everyone's a rock star in the bathroom. And there's a scientific explanation behind our soapy musical stylings.

10 Bizarre Treatments Doctors Used to Think Were Legit

From tobacco smoke enemas to whirling chairs, doctors have tried almost everything to cure human disease.

How Cave Biology Works

A funny thing happens when you live in complete darkness. You lose your eyesight. At least that's what's happened to the species that have evolved inside our deepest, darkest caves.