Scavenger Hunt # 8

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This grape is at the highest stage of ripening and had begun to produce a large amount of ethylene gas, which has caused the ripening. The gas causes the grape to expand to full ripeness and eventually the fruit will begin to rot.


This Betta Fish is an example of an R-Strategist. Betta fish usually begin to reproduce at a young age and tend to lay up to 100-150 eggs at one time to ensure that a large amount of their offspring survive.


Cannas are an example of a rhizome plant because they begin growing as a horizontal stem underground. The Cannas then begin to shoot vertically up from the soil and continue to develop.


A niche is an animal’s role in its environment. This mouse serves as a consumer by eating plants and other grains that are growing in the environment, and it serves a role as a source of food for larger predators that live in its environment.

Vestigial Structure

Even though they do not have legs, snakes have vestigial pelvic bones. They serve no purpose in the snake’s movement but do not harm the snake in any way. The structure is useless to the snake.


Hot Zone Post # 4

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Well the ending of the book certainly left me hanging! The fact that the cure for Ebola still had not been found is a little bit terrifying and it going to take me a while to get over that. Why did the author even risk himself to explore Kitum Cave? It almost seemed like his bio suit was not enough protection for the element in the cave. When he hit his head, I was sure that he would contract the virus from the wound but thankfully he was partially protected. Robin, the driver, did not seem to grasp the seriousness of the situation and his comments were not very appreciated. I wish he had treated the trip with more maturity, but in some ways he helped with the comic relief. When Mr. Preston made it through to the back of the cave, I was shocked when he stopped to look at its beauty. Wouldn’t he be more afraid of the fact that a deadly virus could have been anywhere? In the end, I fully understood the actual severity of the Ebola virus when the author compared it to AIDS. It’s spreading patterns and growth is so much like the lethal AIDS virus and it was truly amazing to consider the similarities between the two. This was a very exciting book and I enjoyed reading it greatly. The storyline was easy to follow and the plot kept me on the edge of my seat! Awesome book!

Scavenger Hunt # 7

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Dominant vs Recessive Phenotype

The two mice shown here are displaying the two coat lengths a mouse inherits genetically. The mouse on the left is displaying the recessive longhaired coat, while the one on the right displays the more common dominant shorthaired coat.


Flax seed contains enzymes and enzyme inhibitors that help break down foods that may be causing blockages in a person’s digestive tract.


Homologous Structure

The bone structure of the human arm and the leg of a feline have several similarities in both construction and function, making them homologous structures.


This plant is able to bend its new branches in order to gain more space around the surrounding plants. By doing so, the plant is able to absorb more sunlight and avoid being shaded.

C4 Plant

Corn is an example of a C4 plant because of its distinctive carbon fixation pathway and its ability to absorb CO2 molecules with four carbon atoms.

Scavenger Hunt # 6

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Lipid used for Energy

An example of a lipid can be seen as butter. Once consumed, butter is stored in our body as fat and is later used for energy.

Redox Reaction

This piece of burning wood is going through the process of oxidation. This chemical reaction is also causing the reduction of the material that is being burned.

Gymnosperm Cone

This pine cone is an example of a gymnosperm cone. It is the seed produced on the outside of the ovaries of a gymnosperm leaf.


Predation is the action of one animal preying on another as a source of food. My cat was stalking my bird and kept trying to reach in his cage to grab him.


Eubacteria is contained in yogurt. These simple cells assist in the digestive system by breaking down food that passes through.

The Hot Zone # 3

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The plot thickens! I found it rather interesting that the Army was able to withhold the secret of the Ebola outbreak from the general public. I was afraid a reporter would find out and cause massive panic in the U.S. Of course, I believe that the Army handled the situation very well and I was impressed that 18 year old “kids” were able to keep their cool and work with such a deadly virus. I know I would have had a panic attack if I was asked to set foot in that monkey house. I was sad though that all of the monkeys had to be euthanized in the end even though some of them had not begun to show signs of being infected yet. When Milton Frantig began to have symptoms, I was terrified that somehow Ebola had gotten through and the outbreak was about to become an epidemic. I know I am going to have nightmares like Rhonda Williams about being chased by an infected monkey, sadly. However, I chuckled when I later found out that he just had the flu and had to be isolated for such a long time for it. I am amazed how well the Army handled their work and made sure that the entire building was sterilized after the virus was contained and I found their methods of sterilization to be very interesting. I am slightly confused as to how a new strain of Ebola could have such a devastating blow on monkeys and nothing on humans. How can that be? I have a feeling that we will hear about Ebola Reston in the near future and hopefully the source of this virus can be traced. Great book! Cannot wait to see what happens next!

Scavenger Hunt # 5

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Connective tissue

The connective tissue in my dog’s abdomen retains his stomach and other vital organs, allowing him to move around freely and keep his appendages stable.


Salt is considered to be a hydrophilic, or “water loving”, compound because of its ability to mix with and dissolve in water.

Gymnosperm Leaf

A gymnosperm leaf such as the one on this pine tree has the ability to create seeds on the outside of its leaves and not in its ovaries.


Plants such as this fern have leaves known as fronds. A frond is composed of one large leaf that is made up of several strands and pieces of leaves.

Amniotic egg

This egg contains an amniotic fluid that surrounds the yolk of the developing organism. The fluid is a form of nutrients that is absorbed by the growing organism as it goes through its stages of growth.

The Hot Zone # 2

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This book has really scared me! I was shocked that they could not find the virus in Kitum Cave. I have found myself washing my hands twice before meals and I’m never going to go to Africa ever! I cannot believe that the Ebola virus was so close to breaking out in the U.S and the public was never told. What would we do? It was a good thing the lab assistant tested the monkeys for Ebola or else we would be in some real trouble. This was the most exciting part of the book for me. The fact that Ebola has gone airborne and was able to infect the monkeys in separate rooms was amazing to me! I found it very interesting that a virus could evolve so quickly and efficiently. The descriptions given to describe the precision of the diamond knife astounded me and it gave me a real idea of the actual size of a virus, which is truly amazing. I had no idea that by simply taking a whiff of a test tube full of Ebola could actually give you the chance of contracting the virus. Is it really that powerful? Why did they not go to the Slammer  after finding out?  I cannot wait to read more!

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