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Homologous Structures

Humans and gorillas have some of the same structures like the hand.

Adaptation of a plant

This rose bush is an adaptation of a plant because of the thorns on the stems.

Cuticle layer of plant

Pholem and Xylem.

Xylem is a tubular structure that transports water down to the roots while Pholem is a tubular structure that transports food down to the roots.


Epithelial tissue covers the whole surface of the body.

Niche- an organisms role in an enviroment. This is Snowflake, my brothers fat cat, and her role in the enviroment is sleeping and eating.

Auxin producing area of a plant.


Hot Zone Part 4

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This was a great way to end the book. For the author himself to go up to the Kitum Cave and risk his life was extradionary. As I read I grew anxious on what is going to happen next and couldn’t put the book down. It was interesting how he found many fossils within the cave from decades ago. The fact that animals still go in this cave amazes me. I loved the way the author compared the cave to a human mouth it made the visual of the cave easier. For the author to have found water at the very back of the cave but the cave still be dry and dusty is weird. When he scraped his head from that rock it freaked me out and left us hanging not knowing if he had been infected with the virus or not. Also when he went back to Washington to find that monkey house deserted was freaky. Is anyone going to clean that up or leave it? I also wonder if the virus will really come back. If it does will we be more prepared? This book was a great read and I enjoyed taking the time to read it.

Scavenger Hunt #7

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Yeast is a unicellular organism that consists with only one cell.

This cactus is a C3 plant because the carbon fixation is a metabolic pathway in photosynthesis.

This large leaf is considered to be a frond because of its many divisions.

Endosperm has nutritive tissue within the seeds of the flowering plant like the coconut.

Ginger is an example of rhizome because it is a  horizontal stem that puts out lateral shoots.

This lizard was not happy when it saw me so it got into territoral behavior mode.

This potato is a genetically modified organism because it has been altered by a insertion of a modified gene.

In order to maintain homeostasis calcium levels need to be kept up by having some OJ in the morning.

A mushroom is an example of mycelium because it is the vegetative part of a fungas that consists of fine white filaments.

These lizards are showing how they are adapting by using their camo to blend in with the tree bark.

This is a modified leaf because this leaves doesn’t only perform for photosynthesis; the leave go upward to protect the bud.

Mice are well know for their reproduction and as you can kinda see there is mating behavior going on in the corner of this cage.

Hot Zone Part 3

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I enjoyed this section way more than the previous section. It was decided that the army was to go in and kill all 450 monkeys for samples, research and to kill off the virus. Reading through the process in which the army had to go through was way to nerve racking for me. I don’t think I could be able to work and watch my every move to not poke a hole in my suit, get blood on me, or even running out of battery power and suffer for that few moments without air. Why didn’t Nacy Jaxx go see her father when he was dying? Work should not come over family. I learned that Ebola has mutated and developed another sister, Ebola Reston. I am glad to know that it didn’t really take effect on humans but for those four men knowing they tested positive is quite frightening. Ebola Reston is to be believed that it is airborne and shows to be only deadly to monkeys but yet we don’t know for sure. Reston looks a lot like Zaire and it is very hard to tell the difference by looking at the picture. In conclusion, I want to know how the army could be so careless to let a monkey loose for some time and not capture it right away? They had some close calls but I say they were just lucky in their life-threatening situations.

Scavenger Hunt #6

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The sweet potato is an example of the Calvin cycle in which a series of reactions, occuring during photosynthesis,  is synthesized from carbon dioxide.

Butter is a lipid which stores energy.

Eubacteria, which is contained in yogurt, produces vitamins which can be very helpful to humans.

Our hands contain connective tissue where we are able to move our fingers more freely.

When any fruit reaches maturity, like this apple for example, it releases ethylene which promotes the ripening of the fruit.

Scavenger Hunt #5

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Pollen is a fine to coarse powder containing the microgametophytes of seed plants, which produce the male gametes. Pollen has a hard coat to protect these male gametes.

A plant ovary is the reproductive part of the plant where the seed is made from the pollen.

Fermentation is the conversion of a carbohydrate such as sugar into an acid or an alcohol. More specifically, fermentation can refer to the use of yeast to change sugar into alcohol or the use of bacteria to create lactic acid in certain foods.

An enzyme is a protein formed by the body that acts as a catalyst to cause a certain desried reaction. Enzymes are very specific. Each enzyme is designed to initiate a specific response with a specific result.

Gibberellians are plant hormones that regulate growth and influence various developmental processes.

Hot Zone Part 2

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Part 2 of the Hot Zone was not as exciting or as interesting as the first part but it was still enjoyable to read. It pretty much covered the monkey house, some new characters, and had a  really good description of the army. I would not be able to even enter into the Level 4 hot zone room to clean the cages, check the monkeys, or research more about the Ebola virus. I just don’t know if I could handle all the pressure and precautions. Taking everything step by step and watching my every move could be nerve racking. I wonder if C.J. or Tom will end up telling the General about sniffing the virus? The thing that really bugged me was the fact that they doubted if the nurses have been cleaning the needles after putting it into someone. How could someone even have the decency to not even wash or sanatize it? I find that so distugusting if it were true, that could be how the virus spread even more.

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