Biology: A Human Emphasis / Edition 8

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Overview

Should there be warning labels on fast foods? Should SUV drivers pay extra taxes? Should employers be allowed to require drug testing of prospective employees? This introductory biology text helps you learn the process of science and basic biological principles while encouraging you to think about critical issues. New "Take Home Messages" help you grasp key concepts while special features like the chapter opening case studies and "How Would You Vote?" questions make the material come to life. New "Figure It Out" questions in many illustrations help you understand the concepts communicated in the figures and the new Data Analysis Activities at the end of every chapter strengthen your analytical skills. This book has been widely praised for clear and engaging writing, art with step-by-step callouts, and terrific support from student media that all work together to help you "get" biology.

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Here are 28 chapters from the fifth edition of Starr's . This version excludes whole sections related to evolution, biodiversity, and botany, and omits most of the unit covering ecology and behavior (though the chapters on population ecology and the human impact on the environment are included). Color photographs and other illustrations are featured throughout. An accompanying CD-ROM contains supplementary material. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780538757027
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/8/2010
  • Edition description: Eighth Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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."

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION. 1. Invitation to Biology. Unit I: PRINCIPLES OF CELLULAR LIFE. 2. Life's Chemical Basis. 3. Molecules of Life. 4. Cell Structure. 5. Ground Rules of Metabolism. 6. Where It Starts—Photosynthesis. 7. How Cells Release Chemical Energy. Unit II: GENETICS. 8. DNA Structure and Function. 9. From DNA to Protein. 10. Controls Over Genes. 11. How Cells Reproduce. 12. Meiosis and Sexual Reproduction. 13. Observing Patterns in Inherited Traits. 14. Human Inheritance. 15. Biotechnology. Part III: EVOLUTION AND BIODIVERSITY. 16. Viruses, Bacteria, and Archaeans. 17. The Chordates. Unit IV: HOW ANIMALS WORK. 18. Animal Tissues and Organ Systems. 19. Neural Control. 20. Sensory Perception. 21. Endocrine Control. 22. Structural Support and Movement. 23. Circulation. 24. Immunity. 25. Respiration. 26. Digestion and Human Nutrition. 27. The Internal Environment. 28. Reproduction and Development. Part V: PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY. 29. Animal Behavior. 30. Population Ecology. 31. Ecosystems. 32. Human Effects on the Biosphere.

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