Biology : Science for Life

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For one-semester courses in Introductory Biology, for non-major biology students. Biology: Science for Life strives to achieve scientific literacy by placing biology in context of students' daily lives. Each chapter is structured around interesting stories, which then drive the discussion of the science. In telling a story, one that draws upon students' life experiences, it motivates students to become active participants in the learning process. Students are inspired to learn the science as a way of understanding the complete story. "Because science, told as a story, can intrigue and inform the non-scientific minds among us, it has the potential to bridge the two cultures into which civilization is split-the sciences and the humanities. For educators, stories are an exciting way to draw young minds into the scientific culture." E.O. Wilsonshow more

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  • Hardback | 477 pages
  • 210.82 x 274.32 x 33.02mm | 1,496.85g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Benjamin-Cummings Publishing Company, Subs of Addison Wesley Longman, Inc
  • San Francisco, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations (some col.)
  • 0130892416
  • 9780130892416

Table of contents

I. GENERAL PRINCIPLES IN BIOLOGY. 1. Can Science Cure the Common Cold? Introduction to the Scientific Method. 1.1 The Process of Science. The Logic of Hypothesis Testing. The Experimental Method. Using Correlation to Test Hypotheses. Understanding Statistics. 1.2 Evaluating Scientific Information. Information from Anecdotes. Science in the News. Understanding Science from Secondary Sources. 1.3 Is There a Cure for The Common Cold? 2. The Only Diet You Will Ever Need: Cells and Metabolism. 2.1 Nourishing Your Body. Balancing Nutrients. Balancing Energy. 2.2 Converting Food into Energy. The Digestive System. Cells. Mitochondria. Cellular Respiration. 2.3 Body Fat and Health. How Much Body Fat is Healthful? Obesity. Anorexia and Bulimia. Focus on Fit, Not Fat. 3. Prospecting for Biological Gold: Biodiversity and Classification. 3.1 The Organization of Life's Diversity. How Diverse if Life? Kingdoms and Domains. 3.2 Where are the Valuable Species? Bacteria and Archaea. Protists. Animals. Fungi. 3.3 Tools of the Prospector. Fishing for Useful Products. Discovering Relationships among Species. II. THE GENETIC BASIS OF LIFE. 4. Are You Only as Smart as Your Genes? The Science of Inheritance. 4.1 The Inheritance of Traits. The Nature of Genes. The Nature of Inheritance. A Special Case - Identical Twins. 4.2 The Role of Genes in Determining Traits. When the Role of Genes is Clear. When the Role of Genes is Unclear. 4.3 Genes, Environment, and the Individual. The Use and Misuse of Heritability. 5. Cancer: The Cell Cycle and Cell Division. 5.1 What is Cancer. 5.2 Cell Division. Interphase. Mitosis. Cytokinesis. Control of the Cell Cycle. Mutations. Fisk Factors. 5.3 Diagnosis and Treatment. Biopsy and Surgery. Chemotherapy and Radiation. 6. DNA Detective: DNA Structure and Replication, Meiosis. 6.1 Chromosomes and DNA. Chromosomes. DNA Structure. 6.2 DNA Fingerprinting. 6.3 How DNA Passes from Parents to their Children. The Meiotic Cell Cycle. Crossing Over and Random Alignment. 6.4 Pedigrees. 7. Genetic Engineering: Gene Expression, Genetically Modified Organisms. 7.1 Genetic Engineers. 7.2 Genetic engineers Can Use Bacteria to Synthesize Human Proteins. Producing rBGH. FDA Regulations. Basic versus Applied Research. 7.3 Genetic Engineers Can Modify Foods. Why are Crops Genetically Modified? How are Crops Genetically Modified? GMOs and Health. GM Crops and the Environment. 7.4 Genetic Engineers Can Modify Humans. The Human Genome Project. Using Genetic Engineering to Cure Human Disease. III. EVOLUTION. 8. Where Did We Come From? The Evidence for Evolution. 8.1 What Is Evolution? 8.2 Charles Darwin and the Theory of Evolution. 8.3 Evaluating the Evidence for Evolution. The Biological Classification of Humans. Does Classification Reflect a Relationship Between Humans and Apes? Does the Fossil Record Demonstrate a Relationship Between Humans and Apes? 8.4 Evaluating the Hypotheses. 9. Evolving a Cure for AIDS: Natural Selection. 9.1 AIDS and HIV. AIDS is a Disease of the Immune System. HIV Causes AIDS. The Course of HIV Infection. 9.2 The Evolution of HIV. The Theory of Natural Selection. The Natural Selection of HIV. 9.3 How Understanding Evolution Can Help Prevent AIDS. Combination Drug Therapy Can Slow HIV Evolution. Problems with Combination Drug Therapy. Magic's Greatest Trick: Living with HIV. 10. Who Am I? Species and Races. 10.1 All Humans Are the Same Species. The Biological Species Concept. The Process of Speciation. 10.2 The Race Concept in Biology. Humans and the Race Concept. Modern Humans: A History. Testing the Hypothesis of Human Races. Human "Races" Have Never Been Truly Isolated. 10.3 Why Human Groups Differ. Natural Selection. Genetic Drift. Assortative Mating and Sexual Selection. IV. HUMAN HEALTH AND DISEASE. 11. Will Mad Cow Disease Become an Epidemic? Immune System, Bacteria and Viruses. 11.1 Infectious Agents. Bacteria. Viruses. Prions. 11.2 Epidemics. Transmission of Infectious Agents. 11.3 The Body's Response to Infection: The Immune System. Making B and T cells. Immune Response. There Is No Immune Response to Prions. 11.4 Preventing the Spread of Prion Diseases. 12. Gender and Athleticism: Developmental Biology, Reproductive Anatomy and Endocrinology. 12.1 The Origin of Biological Sex Differences. .The Endocrine System. Sex Differences that Arise During Development. 12.2 Sex Differences That Don't Impact Athleticism. Producing Sperm Cells. Producing Egg Cells. Menstruation. 12.3 Sex Differences that Can Impact Athlecticim. Skeletal Differences. Differences in Muscle Mass. Differences in Body Fat. Cardiovascular Differences. 12.4 Culture Impacts Athleticism. Expectations for Boys and Girls. More Opportunities for Women to Compete. 13. Attention Deficit Disorder: Brain Structure and Function. 13.1 An Overview of the Nervous System. 13.2 The Brain. Cerebrum. Cerebellum. Brain Stem. ADD and Brain Structure and Function. 13.3 Neurons. Neuron Structure. Neuron Function. Neurotransmission and ADD. Ritalin. 13.4 The Environment and ADD. V. HUMANS AND THE ENVIRONMENT. 14. Is Earth Experiencing a Biodiversity Crisis? Ecology and Conservation Biology. 14.1 The Sixth Extinction. Measuring Extinction Rates. Nowhere to Live: Human Causes of Extinction. 14.2 The Consequences of Extinction. Loss of Resources. Disrupting the Web of Life. Biophilia. 14.3 Saving Species. How to Stop a Mass Extinction. One Species at a Time. 15. Can Earth Support the Human Population? Population and Plant Growth. 15.1 Is the Human Population Too Large. Human Population Growth. Limits to the Growth of Non-Human Populations. Humans and Earth's Carrying Capacity. 15.2 Feeding the Human Population. Agriculture Seeks to Maximize Photosynthesis. Modern Agriculture and Future Food Production. Can We Feed the World Today and Tomorrow?show more

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