|MadSci Network: General Biology|
As far as plants go, I could recommend several: corn, soybeans, marigolds, sweet peas, sunflowers. It all depends on how much room you have. All of the above plants are pretty hardy and come up quickly. They are also amenable to genetic studies, especially the flowers. Ecology lessons should be pretty easy regardless of which plant you use but biochemistry and cell biology I'm not sure about. I would think biochemistry would need to be relegated to theory and illustration. A lot is *known* about the biochemistry of these plants so that might be helpful. As far as cell biology goes, I don't know how easy it is to view the cells of these plants. It might be really easy - I just don't know. For animals, I would think something that reproduces quickly would be best. Fish are easy to grow and several species - guppies in particular - will reproduce quickly. Rodents are another option. Mice reproduce quickly, you can tracy genetics easily, the biochemistry is known and I think cells would be fairly easy to get. In either case, I could check out a biological supply company like Carolina Biological (https://www3.carolina.com/onlinecatalog/default.asp). They usually have kits and things that might be applicable
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