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Ever wondered how the food you eat becomes the energy your body needs to keep going? If DNA is a set of instructions in your cells, how does it tell your cells what to do? How does your brain know what your feet are doing? The theory of evolution says that humans and chimps descended from a common ancestor, but does it tell us how and why? We humans are insatiably curious creatures who can’t help wondering how things work – starting with our own bodies. Wouldn’t it be great to have a single source of ...
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Ever wondered how the food you eat becomes the energy your body needs to keep going? If DNA is a set of instructions in your cells, how does it tell your cells what to do? How does your brain know what your feet are doing? The theory of evolution says that humans and chimps descended from a common ancestor, but does it tell us how and why? We humans are insatiably curious creatures who can’t help wondering how things work – starting with our own bodies. Wouldn’t it be great to have a single source of quick answers to all our questions about how living things work? Now there is.

From molecules to animals, cells to ecosystems, Biology For Dummies answers all your questions about how living things work. Written in plain English and packed with dozens of illustrations, quick-reference “Cheat Sheets” and helpful tables and diagrams, it can get you quickly up to speed on what you need to know to:



• Understand how cells work

• Ge t a handle on the chemi stry of life

• Find out how food becomes energy

• Get to know your body’s systems

• Decode the secrets of DNA

• Find out what evolution is and isn’t and how it works

• Take a peek into the lives of bacteria

• Explore how viruses do their thing



Most basic biology books take a very round about approach, dividing things up according to different types of organisms. Biology For Dummies cuts right to the chase with fast-paced, easy-to-absorb explanations of the life processes common to all organisms. Topics coveredinclude:



• How plants and animals get nutrients

• How organisms transport nutrients and expel waste

• How nutrients are transformed into energy

• How energy is used to sustain life

• How organisms breathe

• How organisms reproduce

• How organisms evolve into new life-forms

• How organisms create ecosystems



With this engaging guide in your corner, you’ll get a grip on complex biology concepts and unlock the mysteries of how life works in no time – no advanced degrees required.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764553264
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/15/2001
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author


Donna Rae Siegried has written about pharmaceutical and medical topics for 15 years in publications including Prevention, Runner's World, Men's Health, and Organic Gardening. She has taught anatomy and physiology at the college level.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.
About This Book.
Conventions Used in This Book.
What You're Not to Read.
Foolish Assumptions.
How This Book Is Organized.
Icons Used in This Book.
Where to Go from Here.
Part I: Biology Basics: Organizing Life.
Chapter 1: Just How Life Is Studied.
Chapter 2: The Fundamental Units of Life: Cells.
Chapter 3: A (Very) Quick Review of Basic Chemistry.
Chapter 4: Macromolecules (The Big Ones).
Part II: Living Things Need Energy.
Chapter 5: Acquiring Energy to Fill the Tank.
Chapter 6: Using Energy to Keep the Motor Running.
Part III: Living Things Need to Metabolize.
Chapter 7: Taxi! Transport of Nutrients.
Chapter 8: Take a Deep Breath: Gas Exchange.
Chapter 9: Throwing Out the Trash: Eliminating Waste to Maintain Homeostasis.
Chapter 10: Better Living Through Biology.
Part IV: Let's Talk About Sex, Baby.
Chapter 11: Dividing to Conquer: Cell Division.
Chapter 12: Making More Plants.
Chapter 13: Making More Animals.
Chapter 14: Making Mendel Proud: Understanding Genetics.
Part V: Ch-, Ch-, Ch-, Changes: Species Development and Evolution.
Chapter 15: Differentiating Differentiation and Development.
Chapter 16: Changing World, Evolving Species.
Part VI: Ecology and Ecosystems.
Chapter 17: Sharing the Globe: How Organisms Get Along.
Chapter 18: Living with Little Buggers: Bacteria, Viruses, and Insects.
Part VII: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 19: Ten Great Biology Discoveries.
Chapter 20: Ten Great Biology Web Sites.
Chapter 21: TenInteresting Biology Facts.
Appendix A: Classification of Living Things.
Appendix B: Units of Measure.
Index.
Book Registration Information.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2007

    great

    its a great book.

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    Posted July 6, 2006

    BAD

    Very jumbled, not for 'dummies' at all. if you need to actually understand something forget it...what a waste

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    Posted June 26, 2004

    Minimal Help

    Not detailed enough to actually get biological concepts through to the bio-challenged crowd. I mean, this is supposed to be a 'For Dummies' book, right?

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