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Health and Life Sciences

  About Life Sciences  
Brief introductions

The Life Sciences involve the scientific study of living organisms like plants, animals, and human beings. While biology remains the centerpiece of the life sciences, technological advances in molecular biology and biotechnology have led to a burgeoning of specializations and new, often interdisciplinary, fields.

  • Agriculture - Agriculture was key in the rise of sedentary human civilization, whereby farming of domesticated species created food surpluses that nurtured the development of civilization. The study of agriculture is known as agricultural science.
  • Botany - Botany covers a wide range of scientific disciplines including structure, growth, reproduction, metabolism, development, diseases, chemical properties, and evolutionary relationships among taxonomic groups.

  • Paleontology - As a "historical science" Paleontology tries to explain causes rather than conduct experiments to observe effects. Paleontologists have discovered much of the evolutionary history of life, almost back to when Earth became capable of supporting life.
Based on Wikipedia. See also - Wikipedia, List of Life Sciences

The Open Education Directory menu for Life Sciences, including Biosciences and Health and Medicine, is in the top left margin.

Some Life Science fields and topics of study - click on any one to Google.   Life Sciences - Open Textbooks  
Links to open access (free) textbooks. Links to Listings of Open Textbooks (all subject areas)

  Life Sciences - Support for Learners  
Sites that actively support learners - eg learner communities, forums, expert help etc

  • BioForum - Protocol Online, BioPortal, Forums, BioBlog, BioWiki, Interest Groups
  • GE Healthcare - Life Sciences forums
See Also:
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

  Life Sciences - Best Resource Sites  
iBerry's choice - other recommendations welcome!

  • California University (US), Museum of Paleontology - investigates & promotes understanding of history of life & diversity of the earth's biota through research & education: History of Life on Earth, Geology Wing, Understanding Evolution, Paleontology Portal, Education resources, Research profiles, World's biomes
  • Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) - Global access to knowledge about life on Earth; awareness and understanding of living nature; gathers, generates, and shares knowledge in an open, freely accessible and trusted digital resource

  • Nature Education, Scitable (US) - free science library and personal learning tool; educational articles with technology-based community features: Topics, People, Groups, Learning Paths
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