How to get ready for the USABO Semifinals 2018

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Congratulations to everyone who qualified for the USABO Semifinals 2018! Congratulations to all of those who did not qualify, too – you did a great job and gained a lot of experience for the following years! Keep up the good work and you will qualify next year. ūüėČ Many students are wondering what the best way to prepare for the …

Key diagrams for biology olympiad

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The phenomenon of RNA interference (RNAi) which involves sequence-specific gene regulation by small non-coding RNAs, i.e., small interfering RNA (siRNA) and microRNA (miRNA) has emerged as one of most powerful approaches for crop improvement.

Plant physiology and anatomy links

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General Information Biological Diversity: Nonvascular and Nonseed Vascular Plants: Indepth study guide with review questions and links on the plants. A Beginner‚Äôs Guide to the Study of Plant Structure by Edward C. Yeung: PDF of description and examples of botanical microtechniques. Raven Biology of Plants¬†by Evert and Eichhorn: Excellent resource. Check online for copies. Checklist of Vegetation and Plant Distribution …

What’s new in the 2018 USABO?

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Welcome to the 2018 USABO competition! The 2018 changes reflect the continued development and recognition of USABO where students who are passionate about biology find like-minded colleagues in the USA and abroad. USABO Registration Site Registriation fee has increased from $80 to $95. Please note this and be sure to notify you Financial Officer of this increase. CEE continues to …

Recommended chapters from key textbooks for the biology olympiad

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Vander et al.: Human Physiology: The Mechanism of Body Function, Eighth Edition 3 Cell Structure 7 Homeostatic Mechanisms and Cellular Communication 8 Neural Control Mechanisms 9 The Sensory Systems 10 Principles of Hormonal Control Systems 11 Muscle 12 Control of Body Movement 14 Circulation 15 Respiration 16 The Kidneys and Regulation of Water and Inorganic Ions 17 The Digestion and …

Study Schedule

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A useful study schedule to guide you through the books. It includes the reading guide for these books: Campbell BiologyCampbell BiologyRaven’s Biology of PlantsBrooker’s GenteticsSherwood Human PhysiologyBiochemistry by Richard HarveyIntegrated Principles of Zoology, 11th Edition, Hickman et al. Vander’s Human Biology Biology Olympiad Study Schedule

Olympiad Testing Tactics

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Testing Tactics Getting the correct answer, even when you know nothing, is one of the defining skills of the academic champion. The rest of this book is about developing your knowledge. This chapter is about what to do when things go wrong. You‚Äôll encounter questions you can‚Äôt answer throughout the rest of the book. Treat them as practice. While knowing …


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The floral diagram is always drawn circular in outline. The different floral whorls are represented in concentric circles, the sepals on the outermost circle, then the petals, the stamens and carpels towards the inner side. The first step to draw a floral diagram is to examine mature floral buds which are due to open shortly but have not yet opened. …

Practical skills for biology olympiads

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Laboratory skills are crucial for any biology olympiad, including USABO and IBO. Over the years of my own preparation and while tutoring others, I gathered this of techniques that are essential to know for the biology olympiad, especially for the International Biology Olympiad.   CELL BIOLOGY Use of a microtome to make slides,¬†Cell Fractionation,¬†Microscopy (measurement of objects),¬†Immunostaining,¬†Histology,¬†Haemocytometer,¬†Drawing of preparations,¬†Maceration and …

USABO Open exam 2014-2016 statistics

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Hello everyone, This week is a busy week for those taking USABO. To help you relieve stress, have a look at some statistics from USABO Open exams 2014, 2015, and 2016. In 2014, 7766 students in total registered to the USABO contest in the U.S. 6194 took the test. The highest score is 43.75 (out of 50), and the mean …

Concepts of Biology

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Are you looking a good review of biology concepts to prepare for the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO), International Biology Olympiad (IBO), Science Bowl or any other biology competition or exam, download a very useful and clear biology book which outlines the general principles and describes key concepts. Read the book here. Download for free at

Freaked out about upcoming olympiad?

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January and February are the most important months for olympiad participants as during these months in many countries the first rounds of the biology olympiad take place. If you did not finish to read Campbell and if only several weeks are left before the biology olympiad, first BREATHE. Calm down and do not overdo too much in the last few …

Biology notes from Campbell

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Enjoy useful notes from Campbell Biology. If you are tired of reading again and again the bible of biologists, take a look at these notes. You can download  it from HERE.

Laboratory manual on biochemistry

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Here you will find a LABORATORY MANUAL on BIOCHEMISTRY. The given manual is designed according to the curriculum on biochemistry for the students of the Faculty of Overseas Admissions (general medicine and dentistry specialities). It is intended to save the student’s time and optimize their practical work. In this book you will find protocols and thus you can perform these …

Maths in Biochemistry/Biotechnology

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Below you will find a good manual for Mathematics Exercises in Biotechnology. Sample exercises and brief introduction will help you solve various mathematical problems in biology quickly and with less mistakes. Take a look! Maths in Biochemistry

Biochemistry lab manual

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I share with you Biochemistry lab manual that will help to get acquainted with basic practical skills in biochemistry lab. This course is intended to introduce you to some of the most widely used experimental procedures in biochemistry, including protein purification and characterization, enzyme assays and kinetics, and DNA isolation and manipulation. You will also gain some familiarity with some …