Site author Richard Steane
The BioTopics website gives access to interactive resource material, developed to support the learning and teaching of Biology at a variety of levels.
Biological Facts and Fallacies
Last modification 18/03/18
Biological Chemicals and Supplies
Biotopics units
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(currently 216 topics)

Interactivity is key to most of this material. Don't forget to run the cursor over any gaps in the text, coloured text, unlabelled diagrams and other links in the text or margin......
More explanation
is available.

Most recent additions: (click on the heading to expand/contract)
Some tabular data updated:
More than just H2O - and in 3-D:
Evolution & speciation:
Cells and cellularity:
and Biological Chemicals:
3-D Molecules:
Don't miss these: Last summer's howlers

3-D interactive structures of over 130 Biological molecules
Being carbon-based, Biological molecules deserve better than a flat sheet of paper.
Check out the examples, and the interactive display format.

glucosefromjmol (1K)
howlersHowlers - 33 pages!
(now with a few additions from 2017)
This site has seen quite a lot of new visitors recently.

Why not get in touch to let me know how things are going:
Did you find what you wanted?
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Too much/too little information?
What is the next topic you will be needing?

Richard Steane


Biological supplies
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Something to listen to

In 'The Life Scientific' BBC radio series, Professor Jim Al-Khalili talks to leading scientists about their life and work, and these are available (indefinitely) as (28 minute) podcasts.

These should be available from The Life Scientific downloads page, but I have put in links below to iPlayer pages, which may not last for ever, and may not be available worldwide.

A couple of recent ones that I thought were interesting:
In the 'In Our Time' series Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss all sorts of topics, typically taking 43 minutes.
Another couple of recent ones:

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