biological science review

biological science review

The magazine is published by Hodder Education, and its editorial home is at the University of Liverpool.
Coverage is broad, ranging from genetic engineering to conservation, from evolution to photosynthesis, from population control to the function of joints.

Whilst articles may have significant value for experts in a particular field of research, they also act as introductions to the area for people engaging with it. Authors are therefore asked to write in a way that is intelligible to the non-expert so that scientists unfamiliar with the topic can learn something from it. Articles can be extensively illustrated. All articles are subject to refereeing.
“Excellent reviews provide new conceptual insight not present in the primary literature. For example, they may bring together literature items (e.g. empirical or theoretical) that were previously disconnected to show where they do in fact overlap; or the review may generate significant new ideas and hypotheses. Such reviews are rare but, if they are readable and clear, they can form the basis for a new research direction. Good reviews explain difficult topics and make use of examples to illustrate how phenomena or theories are connected, or provide synthetic overviews of a large body of literature (empirical or theoretical). They can be the first entry into a new literature and may often allow readers to extract information or insights (e.g., about key experiments to be done) that are difficult to see from reading the primary literature or existing summaries. There are also not-so-useful reviews. These are more like summaries. They summarize recent opinions or results of one or several fields, restate conclusions that are easily gleaned from abstracts of primary research papers, and identify real, but quite obvious, gaps in knowledge. It can be very useful to write such a paper to organize one’s own thoughts, but it is typically of limited use to others.”

Biological sciences is the study of life and living organisms, their life cycles, adaptations and environment. There are many different areas of study under the umbrella of biological sciences including biochemistry, microbiology and evolutionary biology.
Most universities will offer degree programmes in the biological sciences and will also offer a joint degree programme with other sciences or the social sciences. Some universities will offer more specialised degrees within the biological sciences such as zoology or ecology. Assessments will vary across exams, coursework, presentations and lab work. Students will often be required to conduct research of their own, to answer a question of their choosing – generating exactly the sort of skillset that employers are seeking. This is often in a team, so students will be developing their skills in communications, delegation, research and management.

Biological science review

  1. Cells Alive. Animations, images and interactives about cell biology. http://www.cellsalive.com
  2. DNA Interactive. Video footage and animations that bring our understanding of DNA replication and expression to life. http://www.dnai.org/
  3. Learn.Genetics. Animations and interactives that bring genetics, bioscience and health to life. http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/

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