Corn Cob Sprouting in Water

Description:  This dramatic time lapse shows corn kernels sprouting over time. Each of the kernels represents a new corn plant and so corn cobs represent a wonderful organism for studying genetics. In elementary this phenomenon can be used to show what plants need to survive. In secondary students can investigate specific crosses, analyze patterns in the offspring, and could even study transposons "jumping genes".

Web Resources:  Why Is Our Corn Changing? - Next Gen Storylines, Corn Genetics - Biology4Friends, Corn Genetics - Wikipedia


The Inner Life Of The Cell

Description:  The Inner Life of the Cell shows a white blood cell flattening out and squeezing through a capillary wall. The video then zooms in to show all the biochemical processes (e.g. transcription, translation, etc.) in amazing detail. This view of the cell as a living machine can be used to introduce a unit on the cell in middle school. In high school students can explore the details of these processes or even make videos of their own.

Web Resource:  The Inner Life of the Cell - Wikipedia


The Immortal Cells of Henrietta Lacks

Description:  This TEDEd video written by Robin Bulleri details the story of Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa cell line. A more detailed account of this story can be found in Rebecca Skloot's book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. This story can be used to illustrate the role of cells in the proper functioning, growth, and reproduction of living organisms. It also can be used to explore ethics within scientific research.

Web Resources:  HeLa - Wikipedia, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Amazon


The Twins that Everyone Can Tell Apart

Description:  This Daily Mail article details the differences in twins Lucy and Maria Aylmer.  According to the article, "One has straight ginger hair, a fair complexion and deep blue eyes. The other has masses of curls, far darker skin and her eyes are a sparkling brown".

Web Resources:  Daily Mail ArticleNon-identical Twins - Good Morning Britain