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1. Can Science Cure the Common Cold? Introduction to the Scientific Method
I. CHEMISTRY AND CELLS
2. Are We Alone in the Universe? Water, Biochemistry, and Cells
3. Diet. Cells and Metabolism
4. Life in the Greenhouse: Photosynthesis Cellular Respiration, and Global Warming
5. Cancer: DNA Synthesis, Mitosis, and Meiosis
6. Are You Only as Smart as Your Genes? Mendelian and Quantitative Genetics
7. DNA Detective: Complex Patterns of Inheritance and DNA Fingerprinting
8. Gene Expression, Mutation and Cloning: Genetically Modified Organisms
9. Genetically Modified Organisms: Gene Expression, Mutation, and Cloning
10. An Evolving Enemy: Natural Selection
11. Who Am I? Species and Races
12. Prospecting for Biological Gold: Biodiversity and Classification
13. Is the Human Population Too Large? Population Ecology
14. Conserving Biodiversity: Community and Ecosystem Ecology
15. Where Do You Live? Climate and Biomes
V. ANIMAL STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION
16. Organ Donation: Tissues, Organs, and Organ Systems
17. Clearing the Air: Respiratory, Cardiovascular, and Excretory Systems
18. Will Mad Cow Disease Become an Epidemic? Immune System, Bacteria, Viruses, and Other Pathogens
19. Sex Differences and Athleticism: Endocrine, Skeletal, and Muscular Systems
20. Is There Something in the Water? Reproductive and Developmental Biology
21. Attention Deficit Disorder: Brain Structure and Function
VI. PLANT BIOLOGY
22. Feeding the World: Plant Structure and Growth
23. Growing a Green Thumb: Plant Physiology