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Biology The Unity and Diversity of Life

ISBN-10: 0534388000
ISBN-13: 9780534388003
Edition: 10th 2004
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Description: Cecie Starr and Ralph Taggart are among the most successful authors in introductory, biological science instruction because of their lively approach, engaging writing style, current coverage of the breadth of biology's topics, and their unique  More...

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List price: $128.95
Edition: 10th
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Brooks/Cole
Publication date: 1/6/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1056
Size: 9.25" wide x 11.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 5.698
Language: English

Cecie Starr and Ralph Taggart are among the most successful authors in introductory, biological science instruction because of their lively approach, engaging writing style, current coverage of the breadth of biology's topics, and their unique illustrations. In this Tenth Edition of Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life, the authors use the important connections among molecular structure, biological function, and evolution to encourage student understanding instead of memorization. For example, Chapter 1 includes a preview of life's unity and diversity with an evolutionary perspective. Similar sections in Chapters 3, 5, and 6, on the structure and function of enzymes and other molecules, prepare students for chapters on cell structure and metabolism, genetics, evolution, anatomy, and physiology. This background prepares students to understand the power of comparative molecular studies in clarifying evolutionary relationships. Connections essays (28 in all) focus on this new integration of molecular structure, function, and evolution. The first essay (1.4) answers an important question: How can life display both unity and diversity? It shows how the theory of evolution by natural selection connects the two. Other essays consider evolutionary interplays between infectious agents and their hosts; cloning and genetically engineered mammals, the evolution of life over the past 3.8 billion years, and archaeopteryx and the ancestry of whales (to show that interpreting the past scientifically requires an intellectual shift). Improvements in the media package meet the high standards instructors have come to expect. There is a new version of the complimentary Interactive Concepts in Biology Student CD-ROM with nearly 800 interactions to clarify and reinforce key concepts. For instructors, there is a Multimedia Manager with art and graphics from the text already in PowerPoint format, as well as CNN Today video clips (294 in all), now available digitally.

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."

Ralph Taggert � Former Chair of Biological Sciences at Michigan State University, Ralph Taggert is now the chair of Geological Sciences. Known for his outstanding research in Paleobotany, he taught the general biology course for over 20 years.

Methods and Concepts in Biologyp. 2
Chemical Foundations for Cellsp. 16
Carbon Compounds in Cellsp. 32
Cell Structure and Functionp. 50
A Closer Look at Cell Membranesp. 76
Ground Rules of Metabolismp. 92
Energy-Acquiring Pathwaysp. 106
Energy-Releasing Pathwaysp. 122
Cell Division and Mitosisp. 140
Meiosisp. 154
Observable Patterns of Inheritancep. 168
Chromosomes and Human Geneticsp. 186
DNA Structure and Functionp. 208
From DNA to Proteinsp. 218
Control of Gene Expressionp. 234
Recombinant DNA and Genetic Engineeringp. 246
Emergence of Evolutionary Thoughtp. 260
Microevolutionp. 270
Speciationp. 286
The Macroevolutionary Puzzlep. 300
The Origin and Evolution of Lifep. 322
Bacteria and Virusesp. 346
Protistansp. 362
Fungip. 378
Plantsp. 390
Animals: The Invertebratesp. 408
Animals: The Vertebratesp. 444
Human Evolution: A Case Studyp. 470
Plant Tissuesp. 482
Plant Nutrition and Transportp. 500
Plant Reproductionp. 514
Plant Growth and Developmentp. 530
Tissues, Organ Systems, and Homeostasisp. 546
Information Flow and the Neuronp. 560
Integration and Control: Nervous Systemsp. 574
Sensory Receptionp. 592
Integration and Control: Endocrine Systemsp. 612
Protection, Support, and Movementp. 630
Circulationp. 652
Immunityp. 674
Respirationp. 694
Digestion and Human Nutritionp. 714
Water-Solute Balance and Temperature Controlp. 734
Principles of Reproduction and Developmentp. 752
Human Reproduction and Developmentp. 772
Population Ecologyp. 802
Community Interactionsp. 822
Ecosystemsp. 844
The Biospherep. 864
Human Impact on the Biospherep. 892
An Evolutionary View of Behaviorp. 910
Adaptive Value of Social Behaviorp. 920
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