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LC - Biology

Biology is one of the core elements of Science. Biology literally means 'the study of life'. It is the study of organisms, from the smallest viruses through to human beings.

The main topics include:
Animal Physiology: Study of animals and understanding of major body functions. This includes developing a fundamental understanding of how bodies as a whole, as well as tissues and cells, work. These discoveries can lead to information about human health and medical needs.
Biochemistry: Study of the relationship of chemistry and biology. This field includes enzymes, DNA, RNA, molecular biology and gene cloning.
Cell Biology: Study of cell structure, function, and metabolism. Includes the study of cell organelles and cell division.
Microbiology: Study of microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi and viruses. Includes the study of microorganism nature, growth, role in disease, and use in bioengineering.
Plant Biology: Study of plants, botany and biotechnology. Includes identification, classification, life cycles, photosynthesis and tissue types.

Books:
Textbook: Leaving Certificate Biology (Revised Edition) by Michael O'Callaghan.

The following books are available from our library:

  • The Irish Wildlife Book.
  • School Projects in Coastal Ecology.
  • Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin.
  • The Private Life of Plants by David Attenborough.
  • Life Study - A Textbook of Biology by D.G. Mackean.
  • Life on Earth by David Attenborough.

Useful Websites
An Online Biology Book
http://gened.emc.maricopa.edu/bio/bio181/BIOBK/BioBookTOC.html

Anatomy Online
http://www.innerbody.com/htm/body.html

The Kidney
http://coe.fgcu.edu/faculty/greenep/kidney/index.html

A Glossary of Genetic Terms
http://www.genome.gov/glossary.cfm

BBC Online Educational Services
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education

Scoilnet - Related Links for Biology (Senior Cycle) and curriculum information
http://www.scoilnet.ie/

Information fact sheets on wildlife and information on the radio programme
http://www.rte.ie/radio/mooneygoeswild/

Details of human genome research
http://www.hgmp.mrc.ac.uk

Video microscopy of living cells, bacteria and 3D biology animation
http://www.cellsalive.com

Nutrition information and experiments
http://www.nutrition.org.uk

An illustrated guide to the body's major systems
http://www.innerbody.com/

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Downloadable Material

Factors affecting Organisms

Ecology Introduction

Fieldwork Portfolio

Ecology Fieldwork Portfolio

Calculations

Ecology Calculations

Seashore Posters

Ecology Definitions

Viruses

Fungi

The_Nervous_System

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