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Virtual Dissections, Labs, and Field Trips

  • The Cell Visualization Project Home Page
    Computer reconstructions of a human white blood cell from serial transmission electron micrographs are presented as a brief guided tour and as still photos. Although more organelles will be added in the future, enough are included for this site to be useful to anyone introducing cell structure.

  • Boston Museum of Science
    this site looks at science & technology in the news, including leading edge research & exploration. ´┐ŻLearn about the fats of life, Ritalin, garlic, carbon nanotubes, stem cells, diabetes, experiments in near zero gravity, visualizing influenza, growing heart cells, regenerative medicine, amorphous metals (metallic glasses), & nanotechnology. (NIH)

  • The Exploratorium Home Page
    This is the home page of the San Francisco Exploratorium. Check it out for information on science education resources, great interactive exhibits and more.

  • Geology Labs Online
    Virtual Dating (about geologic time),Virtual River, Virtual Earthquake, Global Warming and Earthquake labs are available without cost. Biology Labs are available on a subscription basis.

  • The Heart
    The Franklin Institute Science Museum" virtual exploration of the heart uses graphics and text to explore cardiac development and structure; blood, blood vessels, and blood flow through the body. The exhibit also includes information on maintaining a healthy heart, monitoring the heart's function, and a look at the history of heart science.

  • HHMI Biointeractive: Virtual Museum
    Stroll through exhibits on biological clocks, infectious diseases, cardiology, and neuroscience at HHMI's Virtual Museum, then visit the HHMI Virtual Labs and Lecture Halls to learn about stem cells, evolution, obesity, cancer, genomics, neuroscience, infectious diseases and immunology.

  • Microbe Zoo
    This virtual field trip through a microbial zoo contains images and descriptions of microscopic organisms and the habitats in which they live.

  • Natural History Museum Picture Gallery
    Take a virtual tour of the British Museum of Natural History without leaving your computer. This site has been recently updated and has many opportunities for interaction with the exhibits.

  • Net Frog
    The 'original' Interactive Frog Dissection and the 'new and improved' NetFrog
    Published in 1994, The Interactive Frog Dissection was designed for use in high school biology classrooms. It takes you through all of the stages of frog dissection from initial preparation to examination of internal organs. A &qyot;new and improved" version called NetFrog was released in 2002. You can choose the version that works best for you, your browser and your computer.

  • Nobelprize.org
    This site has games, experiments, and simulated environments ready to be explored and discovered. The materials, aimed at 14-18 year old students, focus on topics related to Nobel Prize-winning achievements. Organized by Nobel Prize categories of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, peace, and economics, there are activities related to lasers, liquid crystals, conductive polymers, blood typing, and nerve signaling. There's even a virtual biochemistry lab!

  • Operation: Heart Transplant or How to Transplant a Heart in Nineteen Easy Steps
    Although the operation has been greatly simplified, all of the basic steps are outlined. By the end, you will have a good idea of what's involved in taking the heart of one human and making it work in another.

  • Paleontology Without Walls
    The University of California Museum of Paleontology website provides a vast amount of information on the diversity of life, the history of life on earth, biographies of contributors to evolutionary thought, online exhibits and more. There is also a glossary and web lift for quick help. With nearly 2000 pages dense with information, it is one of the best resources for organismal biology on the web.

  • Royal Tyrrell Museum
    The emphasis here is on dinosaurs. In addtion to an excellent guided tour of the Museum, this site has a virtural reality dinosaur, (you'll need to download QuickTime VR if you don't have it, but instructions are quite clear), opportunities to participate in field research, workshops for teachers and more.

  • The Virtual Cell
    This site lets you explore the structure of a virtual plant cell. You can zoom in on organelles, cut or turn them, look at real EM images and more.

  • Virtual Frog Dissection Kit
    This program, part of the "Whole Frog" project, allows interactive dissection of a frog, and includes the capability to make on-the-fly movies. A browser that supports forms and sensitive images is needed. The dissection kit is available in seven languages.

  • The Visible Human Project
    The Visible Human Project creates complete anatomically detailed, three dimensional representations of the male and female human body. The representations are created from CAT, MRI and cryosection images taken at one millimeter intervals from cadavers.

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Updated: 15 October 2009

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