Miosis and meitosis

When I was in high school, this is how I remembered the two different words. Mitosis (sounds like my-toe-es) is a process that results in 2 cells that are identical to the original cell. I remembered that by thinking that they both have the full set of chromosomes, just like all my toes are whole…

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Good bacteria vs bad bacteria

Bacteria are not all bad – your body is full of friendly bacteria! Good bacteria are thought to help us stay healthy by: neutralising toxic effects from bad bacteria, stopping bad bacteria from landing on and over-growing in our body (colonising), attacking bad bacteria, training up immune cells, and helping digest food. Scientists noticed that…

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A bad apple spoils the barrel

Plants produce ethylene gas when they¬†are damaged. Ethylene gas is a natural hormone produced by plants, and is involved in the ripening of their fruit. It is also used in agriculture to force ripen fruit. This is also why you can put a ripening banana with an unripe avocado in a paper bag to speed…

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