Human Biology, 8th Edition / Edition 8

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Starr and McMillan's HUMAN BIOLOGY, 8th Edition presents the core areas of human biology with an emphasis on not only the internal world, but how we impact our external world. Highlighting biology's relevance, each chapter opens with an "Impacts, Issues" reading on a human biology-related issue currently in the news. Within the chapter, users then learn the basic concepts which help them think critically about these issues. In addition, each chapter's "How Would You Vote?" question invites users to explore current issues and deepen their understanding through online exercises. By the end of the chapter, learners are asked to "Explore on Your Own", and participate in activities showing the impact of the content on their lives.

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Provides an account of the diverse topics in biology as they apply to humans. Substantially updated from the last edition, published two years ago, it begins with an overview of basic concepts and methods, followed by principles of biochemistry and cell structure and function, units on body systems, reproduction, and the principles of inheritance, and a final unit on the principles of evolution and ecology that the authors consider vital background for an informed citizenry. Plentiful relevant color illustrations.. CD-ROM follows the text and includes animations, sound, video clips, and a speaking glossary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495561811
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 12/29/2008
  • Series: Available Titles CengageNOW Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.00 (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."

Beverly McMillan has been a science writer for more than 25 years and is coauthor of a college text in human biology, now in its eighth edition. She was worked extensively in educational and commercial publishing, including 8 years in editorial management positions in the college divisions of Random House and McGraw-Hill. In a multifaceted freelance career, Bev also has written or coauthored 10 trade books, as well as story panels for exhibitions at the Science Museum of Virginia and the San Francisco Exploratorium. She has worked as a radio producer and speechwriter for the University of California system and as science writer and media relations advisor for the Virginia Institute of Marine Science of the College of William and Mary. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Table of Contents

1. Learning about Human Biology. 2. Chemistry of Life. 3. Cells and How They Work. 4. Tissues, Organs, and Organ Systems. 5. The Skeletal System. 6. The Muscular System. 7. Circulation—The Heart and Blood Vessels. 8. Blood. 9. Immunity. 10. The Respiratory System. 11. Digestion and Nutrition. 12. The Urinary System. 13. The Nervous System. 14. Sensory Systems. 15. The Endocrine System. 16. Reproductive Systems. 17. Development and Aging. 18. Cell Reproduction. 19. Patterns in Inherited Traits. 20. Chromosomes and Human Genetics. 21. DNA, Genes, and Biotechnology. 22. Genes and Disease: Cancer. 23. Principles of Evolution. 24. Principles of Ecology. 25. Humans in the Larger World.

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