Survival of the Sickest by Dr. Sharon Moalem @ Big Idea 2 #APBio

Whilst teaching the Enduring Understanding 2.A.1 on “how living things require a contant input of energy” from the AP Biology syllabus; we came acros the statement: “Reproduction and rearing of offspring require free energy. Different organisms use various reproductive strategies in response to energy availability.”

One of my students (Peter Paton) commented on an intersted fact he has read: how a caterpillar is able to live under the ice stopping its metabolims almost completely and the “come back to life”.

Surprisingly enough, the previous night I was reading “Survival of the Sickest by Sharon Moalem” and read a chapter where stratergies of different animals to survive in extreme cold was explained.

We had good discussion about this in class, talking from futuristic cryopreservation to implications on transplants, and promised my students that I’ll share with them the extract of the book. So here it is! Survival of the Sickets extract


About DrAbella

Originally from Barcelona where I studied Biochemistry and did a PhD on Diabetes. Moved to France to continue medical research on cancer for a Post-doc. Something was missing and decided to try a year of full-time teaching. Starting my 10th year now, 10 years internationally and loving it.
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3 Responses to Survival of the Sickest by Dr. Sharon Moalem @ Big Idea 2 #APBio

  1. MG says:

    Very interesting, as said in the book it could be revolutionary if we could freeze organs. However it seems like that will not happen in the future, because although researchers understand how a frog can freeze, I don’t understand how a whole bodies functions could be applied to one organ.


  2. Peter says:

    I find it amazing how evolution can cause the most interesting adaptions in organisms of all kinds!


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