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Biology is the most powerful technology ever created. DNA is software, protein are hardware, cells are factories.

- Arvind Gupta

Biology is the study of complicated things that have the appearance of having been designed with a purpose.

- Richard Dawkins

The study of butterflies—creatures selected as the types of airiness and frivolity—instead of being despised, will some day be valued as one of the most important branches of Biological science.

- H. W. Bate

No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.

- Albert Einstein

Evolution is cleverer than you are.

- Francis Crick

In biology, nothing is clear, everything is too complicated, everything is a mess, and just when you think you understand something, you peel off a layer and find deeper complications beneath. Nature is anything but simple.

- Richard Preston

Nothing in Biology makes sense, except in the light of evolution.

- Theodosius Dobzhansky

Featured Articles

The following articles, have been written and submitted by IBIOLI members. As well as general information, Articles include reports from the many events organised by the IBIOLI. 

Inis Meain
General Articles

Dr. Con O’Rourke – In Memorium (1936-2019)

Dr Con O’Rourke: A major contributor to the Institute of Biology of Ireland Dr Con O’Rourke (1936-2019), son to Tomás O’Rourke and Ruby Sheehan, is sadly missed by his loving wife Anne, daughters Niamh and Maeve and son Brían, his extended family and his many friends. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.

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Planet Earth
Lecture Reports

The Allergic Planet

Globally, more than 250 million people suffer from a food allergy with more than 17 million people suffering from food allergies in Europe alone. Food allergy cases have risen by up to 50% in the past decade, with a 700% rise in hospitalisations due to anaphylaxis.

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Cancer Research
Lecture Reports

Biotechnology & Creativity – Reflections on Multi-Disciplinary Degrees

Dr Siobhan Jordan, presented a lecture on March 24th in DCU, on “Biotechnology and creativity – reflections on multidisciplinary degrees”, in conjunction with Dublin City University and the Institute of Biology of Ireland. Siobhan gave an inspiring account of how successful collaborations can be forged between industry and academics and how her multi-disciplinary training assisted her in developing this focused approach in Scotland.

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Irish Evening
Awards Articles

Leaving Certificate Biology: IBIOLI Gold Medal Winners, 2016

Friday night, November 18th 2016, marked The Institute of Biology of Ireland’s annual awards to the highest performing students in this year’s Leaving Certificate Biology examination. This activity is just one of the many engaged in by the Institute (www.ibioli.net) to disseminate and encourage interest in Biology at all levels in Ireland.

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