Exploring the Way Life Works The Science of Biology

ISBN-10: 076371688X

ISBN-13: 9780763716882

Edition: 2001

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Book details

List price: $134.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC
Publication date: 2/15/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 8.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.596
Language: English

Setting the Stage
A Singular Theme
Thinking Small
Using Microscopy to Explore the Cell and Beyond
Parts and Wholes
The Way Science Works
The Way Life Works--The Basic Idea
Patterns: An Overview of the Basic Concepts of Biology
Life Builds from the Bottom Up
Life Assembles Itself Into Chains
Life Needs an Inside and an Outside
Life Uses a Few Themes to Generate Many Variations
Life Organizes with Information
Life Encourages Variety by Recombining Information
Life Creates with Mistakes
Life Occurs in Water
Life Runs on Sugar
Life Works in Cycles
Life Recycles Everything it Uses
Life Maintains Itself by Turnover
Life Tends to Optimize Rather Than Maximize
Life Is Opportunistic
Life Competes Within a Cooperative Framework
Life Is Interconnected and Interdependent
Energy--Light To Life
Making Bonds
Molecular Changes
Life and The Laws of Energy
ATP--The Energy Molecule
Enzymes--Life's Clever Workers
Enzymes and ATP--A Dynamic Duo
Energy Flow Through Life--A Macro View
Energy Flow Through Life--A Micro View
The Chloroplast Ballroom
Photosynthesis--Using Sunlight to Make Sugar
Three Cheers for Carbon
Respiration--Breaking Down Sugar to Make ATP
Glycolysis
Getting Energy to the Community
Information--The Storehouse of Know-How
Why Life Must Come From Life
An Abbreviated History of Genetic Discoveries
Life's Coding and Decoding Systems
DNA--What Does It Actually Say?
Nucleotides, Letters On A Backbone
DNA--Base Pairs and Weak Bonds
DNA--The Double Helix
DNA--Creating Its Own Future
How Enzymes Copy DNA
Genomes
DNA Repair
Permanent Changes to DNA
DNA to RNA: Copying Genes Into Messengers
The Chicken/Egg Problem
DNA Packaging
Machinery--Building Smart Parts
About Proteins
Multiplying Small Effects
Proteins Are Chains Made From Twenty Amino Acids
How Orders Translate Into Assembled Boxes of Donuts
How DNA Information Translates Into a Working Protein
From DNA to Protein--a Multistep Process
Translation
DNA to RNA to Protein
Key Discovery
The Unity of Biology
Feedback--Signaling, Sensing, Reacting
Assembly Lines
Circular Information
Allostery--The Key To Feedback Control
Why Allostery?
Allostery and Molecular Communication
Higher-Level Control
When You Can't Get It, Make It Yourself
Chemotaxis: How Chemical Signaling Creates Purposeful Movement
Introducing the Adventures of a Slime Mold
Feedback in Neural Circuits
Cascading
Ecology Loops
Death on the Wing
Community--E Pluribus Unum
Emergence
The Emergence of Higher-Level Behavior
From One-Celled to Many-Celled Creatures
Embryo Development--From One Cell to Many
Organizing a Body
Cell Signaling
Organizing a Body--Part II
Organizing a Body--Part III
Genes as Switches
Organizing a Body--Part IV
How Cells Differentiate
Positional Signals
Cell Death
Organizing a Body--Part V
Roots
Evolution--A Pattern for Creation
Evolution of a New World View
Further Evidence Supporting Natural Selection
The Origins of Life
A Brief History of Life
Small Changes Add Up to Big Differences
Big Changes Over Time: The Results of Combined Innovations
Writing Poetry Evolution's Way
Even a Small Advantage Tends to Survive and Multiply
Multiple Changes
Variation and Selection
Sex
Why Do It?
Mutations
Evolutionary Breakthroughs
Mobile Information
Viruses
How New Species Arise
Co-Evolution
Can Habits Be Inherited?
An Experiment in Evolution
Evidence of Relatedness
The Evolution of Intelligence
Cultural Evolution
Glossary
Notes
Answers
Credits
Index
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