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Hidden sponges determine coral reef’s nutrient cycle

Marine organisms hidden in caves, such as sponges, play an extremely important role in the nutrient cycle of coral reefs.... Read More


Sponge 1. (Science: zoology) Any one of numerous species of spongiae, or porifera. 2. The elastic fibrous skeleton of many... Read More

Marine sponges provide model for nanoscale materials production

"Nature was nano before nano was cool," stated Henry Fountain in a recent New York Times article on the... Read More

Antimalarial substances found in New Caledonian sponges

Marine organisms synthesize many different substances, some of which possess anticarcinogenic, antiviral or antiparasitic... Read More

Drugs from sea study finds sponge health link to bacteria

BALTIMORE, Md. Calif.--In research aimed at finding natural compounds from the sea for drugs and other products, a team of... Read More

Sea may be source of future medicines

Townsville, Queensland, Australia - A group of bacteria known as actinomycetes found living in coral reef sponges and... Read More


Animal Definition An animal (plural: animals) refers to any of the eukaryotic multicellular organisms of the biological... Read More

Origins of nervous system found in genes of sea sponge

Scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara have discovered significant clues to the evolutionary origins... Read More

Genome of simplest animal reveals ancient lineage, confounding array of complex capabilities

As Aesop said, appearances are deceiving—even in life's tiniest critters. From first detection in the 1880s, clinging to... Read More


Sponge 1. (Science: zoology) Any one of numerous species of spongiae, or porifera. 2. The elastic fibrous skeleton of many... Read More

Origins of nervous system found in genes of sea sponge

Scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara have discovered significant clues to the evolutionary origins of... Read More

Drugs From the Deep Blue

For Tadeusz Molinski, the sea is full of riches - and he does not mean oil fields or fisheries. Molinski, a professor of... Read More

Natural Chemical From Sea Sponges Induces Death In Cancer Cells Via Unusual Pathway

A chemical called candidaspongiolide (CAN) inhibits protein synthesis but also kills cancer cells by triggering caspase... Read More

Scientists Identify Immune System Trigger For Fighting Lyme Disease

Researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology (LIAI) has announced an important finding on Lyme disease... Read More


Invertebrate Definition An invertebrate refers to any of the animals lacking a vertebral column. The term invertebrate came... Read More

A New Theory on the Origin of Animal Multicellularity

Multicellular life, purportedly, started around 600 million years ago. From single-celled, certain organisms eventually... Read More

Asexual reproduction

Asexual Reproduction Definition What is asexual reproduction? Asexual reproduction is a mode of reproduction that does not... Read More


Allelopathy (Science: cell biology) The deleterious interaction between two organisms or cell types that are allogeneic to... Read More

Sex Reversal – When Males Grew Ovaries Instead of Testes

Summary: Sex reversal is not unusual in some animals, especially in invertebrates. As for the vertebrates, there are... Read More


Fragmentation Definition What is fragmentation? In general, fragmentation refers to the state or the process of breaking... Read More

Fibers and multicellular life

One of the meanings of the word fabric as given in dictionaries is ‘the underlying structure’. It shows how important... Read More

PaleoBase: Macrofossils, Part 3 (Single User)

PaleoBase: Macrofossils, Part 3 (Single User)     ... Read More

Seaweed Surprise: Marine Plant Uses Chemical Warfare To Fight Microbes

Scientists have discovered that seaweeds defend themselves from specific pathogens with naturally occurring antibiotics.... Read More

Living thing

Living Thing Definition A living thing pertains to any organism or a life form that possesses or shows the characteristics... Read More


Definition adjective (1) Pertaining to a condition (especially of a blastula or ovum) in which there is only one primary... Read More


Collar cells on sponges-unique to the sponge-it lines the radial canal-has flagella that whip and move the water to the body... Read More


Definition noun The process of taking in of dissolved organic compounds that are absorbed into the cells via extracellular... Read More


Symbiosis Definition What is symbiosis? Symbiosis can be defined as any kind of relationship or interaction between two... Read More


Taxonomy Definition The term "taxonomy" was developed from two Greek words, "taxis," meaning arrangement, and "nomia,"... Read More


Ostium Origin: L. (Science: anatomy) An opening; a passage. An opening in organic sponges that allow water to enter the... Read More


Amoebocyte (Science: organism) phagocytic cell found circulating in the body cavity of coelomates (particularly annelids and... Read More


Gauze a bleached cotton cloth of plain weave, used for dressings, bandages, and absorbent sponges; petrolatum gauze is... Read More

Lotic Communities & Animals

A running water environment offers numerous microhabitats that simulate favorable conditions for many types of animals to... Read More


Parazoa A subkingdom that includes the sponges (phylum porifera), considered by many zoologists to be intermediate between... Read More


Archaeocyte (Science: organism) An amoeboid cell type of sponges... Read More


Assimilation Definition Assimilation in biology is referred to as the process in which the living organisms integrate the... Read More

Global Warming’s Ecosystem Double Whammy

September 21, 2008 — Plants and soils act like sponges for atmospheric carbon dioxide, but new research finds that... Read More

Embryology: Constructing the Organism

Embryology: Constructing the Organism       ... Read More

The Fossils of the Burgess Shale

The Fossils of the Burgess Shale     ... Read More