Biology Today and Tomorrow with Physiology

ISBN-10: 0495016543
ISBN-13: 9780495016540
Edition: 2nd 2007
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Description: Cecie Starr is the most successful author in non-majors biology because of her clear and engaging writing, trend-setting art, and unparalleled media. BIOLOGY TODAY AND TOMORROW, her most concise text, provides a precise, issues-oriented approach and  More...

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List price: $164.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Brooks/Cole
Publication date: 2/22/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 456
Size: 9.75" wide x 11.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.234
Language: English

Cecie Starr is the most successful author in non-majors biology because of her clear and engaging writing, trend-setting art, and unparalleled media. BIOLOGY TODAY AND TOMORROW, her most concise text, provides a precise, issues-oriented approach and "solves" some of the toughest course challenges: engaging students, linking concepts from chapter to chapter, easily monitoring students' progress and simplifying lecture prep. Show students how biology matters: opening each chapter with engaging essays on hot issues and related online voting, the text highlights the connections between biology and real-life. Online exercises promote critical thinking about issues students will face as consumers, parents and citizens. Link concepts from chapter to chapter: since students have a difficult time linking concepts, the authors created a new "linking" tool. A list at the start of each chapter reminds students of related topics that were explained earlier. Within chapters, a key icon identifies cross-references to relevant sections in earlier chapters. As students work through the text, they see how topics build upon one another. Monitor students' progress with ease: BiologyNow? offers diagnostic quizzes with automatically graded results that flow directly into your instructor grade book (iLrn, WebCT or BlackBoard). And, to assess students' progress instantly with in-class quizzes and polls, you can use JoinIn on TurningPoint content and software. Enjoy easier lecture prep: The new PowerLecture tool integrates all electronic chapter assets - art, photos, animations, videos, links to InfoTrac articles, web links, bulleted text slides, and everything else you need into each chapter's lecture slides. This "buffet" of media resources?arranged by chapter section?is at your fingertips.

For the past two decades, Cecie Starr has been known as one of the best-selling biology textbook authors. Her texts, appreciated for their clarity in both the written word and the visual representation of biological concepts, include multiple editions of Biology: the Unity and Diversity of Life, Biology: Concepts and Applications, and Biology today and Tomorrow. Her original dream was to become an architect. Instead of building houses, she now builds, with care and attention to detail, incredible texts based on this philosophy: "I invite students into a chapter through an intriguing story. Once inside, they get the great windows that biologists construct on the world of life. Biology is not just another house. It is a conceptual mansion. I hope to do it justice."

Invitation to Biology
Impacts, Issues: What Am I Doing Here?
Life's Levels of Organization
Overview of Life's Unity
If So Much Unity, Why So Many Species?
An Evolutionary View of Diversity
The Nature of Biological Inquiry
The Power of Experimental Tests
The Scope and Limits of Science
Cells
Molecules of Life
Impacts, Issues: Science or Supernatural?
Atoms and Their Interactions
Bonds in Biological Molecules
Water's Life-Giving Properties
Acids and Bases
Molecules of Life-from Structure to Function
The Truly Abundant Carbohydrates
Greasy, Fatty-Must be Lipids
Proteins-Diversity in Structure and Function
Why is Protein Structure So Important?
Nucleotides and the Nucleic Acids
How Cells Are Put Together
Impacts, Issues: Animalcules and Cells Fill'd With Juices
What is "A Cell"?
Most Cells are Really Small
The Structure of Cell Membranes
A Closer Look at Prokaryotic Cells
A Closer Look at Eukaryotic Cells
Where Did Organelles Come from?
The Dynamic Cytoskeleton
Cell Surface Specializations
How Cells Work
Impacts, Issues: Beer, Enzymes, and Your Liver
Inputs and Outputs of Energy
Inputs and Outputs of Substances
How Enzymes Make Substances React
Diffusion and Metabolism
Working with and Against Diffusion
Which Way Will Water Move?
Cell Burps and Gulps
Where It Starts-Photosynthesis
Impacts, Issues: Sunlight and Survival
The Rainbow Catchers
Light-Dependent Reactions
Light-Independent Reactions
Pastures of the Seas
How Cells Release Chemical Energy
Impacts, Issues: When Mitochondria Spin Their Wheels
Overview of Energy-Releasing Pathways
Glycolysis-Glucose Breakdown Starts
Second and Third Stages of Aerobic Respiration
Anaerobic Energy-Releasing Pathways
Alternative Energy Sources in the Body
Connections with Photosynthesis
Genetics
How Cells Reproduce
Impacts, Issues: Henrietta's Immortal Cells
Overview of Cell Division Mechanisms
Introducing the Cell Cycle
Mitosis Maintains the Chromosome Number
Division of the Cytoplasm
Meiosis and Sexual Reproduction
How Meiosis Puts Variation in Traits
From Gametes to Offspring
The Cell Cycle and Cancer
Observing Patterns in Inherited Traits
Impacts, Issues: Menacing Mucus
Tracking Traits with Hybrid Crosses
Not-So-Straightforward Phenotypes
Complex Variations in Traits
The Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance
Impact of Crossing over on Inheritance
Human Genetic Analysis
Examples of Human Inheritance Patterns
Structural Changes in Chromosomes
Change in the Number of Chromosomes
Some Prospects in Human Genetics
DNA Structure and Function
Impacts, Issues: Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty
The Hunt for Fame, Fortune, and DNA
DNA Structure and Function
DNA Replication and Repair
Using DNA to Clone Mammals
Gene Expression and Control
Impacts, Issues: Ricin and Your Ribosomes
Making and Controlling the Cell's Proteins
How is RNA Transcribed from DNA?
Deciphering mRNA
From mRNA to Protein
Mutated Genes and Their Protein Products
Controls Over Gene Expression
Studying and Manipulating Genomes
Impacts, Issues: Golden Rice or Frankenfood?
A Molecular Toolkit
Haystacks to Needles
DNA Sequencing
First Just Fingerprints, Now DNA Fingerprints
Tinkering with the Molecules of Life
Practical Genetics
Weighing the Benefits and Risks
Evolution and Diversity
Processes of Evolution
Impacts, Issues: Rise of the Super Rats
Early Beliefs, Confounding Discoveries
The Nature of Adaptation
Individuals Don't Evolve, Populations Do
When is a Population Not Evolving?
Natural Selection Revisited
Maintaining Variation in a Population
Genetic Drift-The Chance Changes
Gene Flow-Keeping Populations Alike
Evolutionary Patterns, Rates, and Trends
Impacts, Issues: Measuring Time
Fossils-Evidence of Ancient Life
Dating Pieces of the Puzzle
Evidence from Biogeography
More Evidence from Comparative Morphology
Evidence from Patterns of Development
Evidence from DNA, RNA, and Proteins
Reproductive Isolation, Maybe New Species
Interpreting the Evidence: Models for Speciation
Patterns of Speciation and Extinctions
Organizing Information About Species
Early Life
Impacts, Issues: Looking for Life in All the Odd Places
Origin of the First Living Cells
What are Existing Prokaryotes Like?
The Curiously Classified Protists
The Fabulous Fungi
Viruses, Viroids, and Prions
Evolution and Infectious Diseases
Plant Evolution
Impacts, Issues: Beginnings, and Endings
Pioneers in a New World
The Bryophytes-No Vascular Tissues
Seedless Vascular Plants
The Rise of Seed-Bearing Plants
Gymnosperms-Plants with "Naked" Seeds
Angiosperms-the Flowering Plants
Deforestation in the Tropics
Animal Evolution
Impacts, Issues: Interpreting and Misinterpreting the Past
Overview of the Animal Kingdom
Getting Along Well Without Organs
Flatworms-Introducing Organ Systems
Annelids-Segments Galore
The Evolutionarily Pliable Mollusks
Amazingly Abundant Roundworms
Arthropods-The Most Successful Animals
The Puzzling Echinoderms
Evolutionary Trends Among Vertebrates
Major Groups of Jawed Fishes
Early Amphibious Tetrapods
The Rise of Amniotes
From Early Primates to Humans
Plants and Animals: Common Challenges
Impacts, Issues: Too Hot To Handle
Levels of Structural Organization
Recurring Challenges to Survival
Homeostasis in Animals
Does Homeostasis Occur in Plants?
How Cells Receive and Respond to Signals?
How Plants Work
Plant Form and Function
Impacts, Issues: Drought Versus Civilization
Overview of the Plant Body
Primary Structure of Shoots
Primary Structure of Roots
Secondary Growth-the Woody Plants
Plant Nutrients and Availability in Soil
How do Roots Absorb Water and Mineral Ions?
Water Transport Through Plants
How Do Stems and Leaves Conserve Water?
How Organic Compounds Move Through Plants
Plant Reproduction and Development
Impacts, Issues: Imperiled Sexual Partners
Sexual Reproduction in Flowering Plants
From Zygotes to Seeds Packaged in Fruit
Asexual Reproduction of Flowering Plants
Patterns of Early Growth and Development
Cell Communication in Plant Development
Adjusting Rates and Directions of Growth
Meanwhile, Back at the Flower
Life Cycles End, and Turn Again
Regarding the World's Most Nutritious Plant
How Animals Work
Animal Tissues and Organ Systems
Impacts, Issues: It's All About Potential
Organization and Control in Animal Bodies
Four Basic Types of Tissues
Organ Systems Made from Tissues
Skin-Example of an Organ System
How Animals Move
Impacts, Issues: Pumping Up Muscles
So What Is a Skeleton?
How Do Bones and Muscles Interact?
How Does Skeletal Muscle Contract?
Properties of Whole Muscles
Circulation and Respiration
Impacts, Issues: Up in Smoke
The Nature of Blood Circulation
Characteristics of Human Blood
Human Cardiovascular System
Structure and Function of Blood Vessels
Cardiovascular Disorders
The Nature of Respiration
Human Respiratory System
Moving Air and Transporting Gases
When the Lungs Break Down
Immunity
Impacts, Issues: the Face of AIDS
Integrated Responses to Threats
Surface Barriers
The Innate Immune Response
Tailoring Responses to Specific Antigens
Antibodies and Other Antigen Receptors
Antibody-Mediated Immune Response
The Cell-Mediated Immune Response
Defenses Enhanced or Compromised
Aids: Immunity Lost
Digestion, Nutrition, and Excretion
Impacts, Issues: Hips and Hunger
The Nature of Digestive Systems
Human Digestive System
Human Nutritional Requirements
Weighty Questions, Tantalizing Answers
Urinary System of Mammals
How the Kidneys Make Urine
When Kidneys Break Down
Neural Control and the Senses
Impacts, Issues: in Pursuit of Ecstasy
Neurons-the Great Communicators
How Messages Flow from Cell to Cell
The Paths of Information Flow
Types of Nervous Systems
The Peripheral Nervous System
The Central Nervous System
Drugging the Brain
Overview of Sensory Systems
Somatic Sensations
The Special Senses
Endocrine Controls
Impacts, Issues: Hormones in the Balance
Hormones and Other Signaling Molecules
The Hypothalamus and Pituitary Gland
Thymus, Thyroid, and Parathyroid Glands
Adrenal Glands and Stress Responses
The Pancreas and Glucose Homeostasis
Hormones and Reproductive Behavior
Reproduction and Development
Impacts, Issues: Mind-Boggling Births
Methods of Reproduction
Processes of Animal Development
Reproductive System of Human Males
Reproductive System of Human Females
How Pregnancy Happens
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Human Prenatal Development
From Birth Onward
Ecology
Population Ecology
Impacts, Issues: The Human Touch
Characteristics of Populations
Population Size and Exponential Growth
Limits on the Growth of Populations
Life History Patterns
Human Population Growth
Community Structure and Biodiversity
Impacts, Issues: Fire Ants in the Pants
Which Factors Shape Community Structure?
Mutually Beneficial Interactions
Competitive Interactions
Predator-Prey Interactions
Parasites and Parasitoids
Changes in Community Structure Over Time
Forces Contributing to Community Instability
Patterns of Species Diversity
Conservation Biology
Ecosystems
Impacts, Issues: Bye-Bye Bayou
The Nature of Ecosystems
Biological Magnification in Food Webs
Studying Energy Flow Through Ecosystems
Global Cycling of Water and Nutrients
Carbon Cycle
Greenhouse Gases, Global Warming
Nitrogen Cycle
Phosphorus Cycle
The Biosphere
Impacts, Issues: Surfers, Seals, and the Sea
Air Circulation and Climates
The Ocean, Landforms, and Climates
Realms of Biodiversity
The Water Provinces
Applying Knowledge of the Biosphere
Behavioral Ecology
Impacts, Issues: My Pheromones Made Me Do It
So Where Does Behavior Start?
Communication Signals
Mates, Offspring, and Reproductive Success
Costs and Benefits of Social Groups
Why Sacrifice Yourself?
A Look at Primate Social Behavior
Human Social Behavior
Epilogue: Biological Principles and the Human Imperative
Answers to Self-Quizzes
Answers to Genetics Problems
Annotations to A Journal Article
A Plain English Map of the Human Chromosomes

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