Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life / Edition 12

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Respected and loved by students and professors alike, BIOLOGY: THE UNITY AND DIVERSITY OF LIFE, Ninth Edition presents the key concepts and applications of biology in an engaging, logical, and clear manner. Known for its superior writing and visually effective art program, this best-selling book provides students with one of the most readable and engaging introductions to biology in print. Respected for the way it maintains scientific accuracy while it presents information at an appropriate level for today's undergraduate nonmajors, the book has been thoroughly updated to reflect the latest research in biology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495557920
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 8/5/2008
  • Series: Available Titles CengageNOW Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 1040
  • Sales rank: 566,454
  • Lexile: 1110L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.50 (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."

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

Christine Evers has been creating multimedia and Web-based materials to supplement Starr and other science texts for ten years. She earned her B.S. in Biology from SUNY Stony Brook. After working as a research assistant studying the developmental biology of slime mold, she was awarded an N.S.F. fellowship to attend Yale, where she studied evolutionary biology and honeybee behavior. She has a strong interest in science education and serves as a member of her local school board.

Lisa Starr has been responsible for the incredible art in the Starr biology textbooks for many years. She has worked at as a research scientist at The Scripps Institute as well as several other institutions. Her area of expertise is biochemistry, molecular and cell biology.

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Table of Contents

1 Methods and Concepts in Biology 2
2 Chemical Foundations for Cells 16
3 Carbon Compounds in Cells 32
4 Cell Structure and Function 50
5 A Closer Look at Cell Membranes 76
6 Ground Rules of Metabolism 92
7 Energy-Acquiring Pathways 106
8 Energy-Releasing Pathways 122
9 Cell Division and Mitosis 140
10 Meiosis 154
11 Observable Patterns of Inheritance 168
12 Chromosomes and Human Genetics 186
13 DNA Structure and Function 208
14 From DNA to Proteins 218
15 Control of Gene Expression 234
16 Recombinant DNA and Genetic Engineering 246
17 Emergence of Evolutionary Thought 260
18 Microevolution 270
19 Speciation 286
20 The Macroevolutionary Puzzle 300
21 The Origin and Evolution of Life 322
22 Bacteria and Viruses 346
23 Protistans 362
24 Fungi 378
25 Plants 390
26 Animals: The Invertebrates 408
27 Animals: The Vertebrates 444
28 Human Evolution: A Case Study 470
29 Plant Tissues 482
30 Plant Nutrition and Transport 500
31 Plant Reproduction 514
32 Plant Growth and Development 530
33 Tissues, Organ Systems, and Homeostasis 546
34 Information Flow and the Neuron 560
35 Integration and Control: Nervous Systems 574
36 Sensory Reception 592
37 Integration and Control: Endocrine Systems 612
38 Protection, Support, and Movement 630
39 Circulation 652
40 Immunity 674
41 Respiration 694
42 Digestion and Human Nutrition 714
43 Water-Solute Balance and Temperature Control 734
44 Principles of Reproduction and Development 752
45 Human Reproduction and Development 772
46 Population Ecology 802
47 Community Interactions 822
48 Ecosystems 844
49 The Biosphere 864
50 Human Impact on the Biosphere 892
51 An Evolutionary View of Behavior 910
52 Adaptive Value of Social Behavior 920
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