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Sinauer Associates and W.H. Freeman are proud to introduce Principles of Life. Written in the spirit of the reform movement that is reinvigorating the introductory majors course, Principles of Life cuts through the thicket of excessive detail and factual minutiae to focus on what matters most in the study of biology today. Students explore the most essential biological ideas and information in the context of the field’s defining experiments, and are actively engaged in analyzing research data. The result is a textbook that is hundreds of pages shorter (and significantly less expensive) than the current majors introductory books.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429257213
  • Publisher: Freeman, W. H. & Company
  • Publication date: 12/15/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 915
  • Sales rank: 523,696
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Principles of Life


2. Life Chemistry and Energy

3. Nucleic Acids, Proteins, and Enzymes

4. Cells: The Working Units of Life

5. Cell Membranes and Signaling

6. Pathways that Harvest and Store Chemical Energy

7. The Cell Cycle and Cell Division

8. Inheritance, Genes and Chromosomes

9. DNA and its Role in Heredity

10. From DNA to Protein: Gene Expression

11. Regulation of Gene Expression

12. Genomes

13. Biotechnology

14. Genes, Development and Evolution

15.Mechanisms of Evolution

16.Reconstructing and Using Phylogenies


18.The History of Life on Earth

19. Bacteria, Archaea, and Viruses

20. The Origin & Diversification of Eukaryotes

21. The Evolution of Plants

22. The Evolution and Diversity of Fungi

23. Animal Origins and Diversity

24. The Plant Body

25. Plant Nutrition and Transport

26. Plant Growth and Development

27. Reproduction of Flowering Plants

28. Plants in the Environment

29. Physiology, Homeostasis, and Temperature Regulation

30. Animal Hormones

31. Immunology: Animal Defense Systems

32. Animal Reproduction

33. Animal Development

34. Neurons and Nervous Systems

35. Sensors

36. Musculoskeletal Systems

37. Gas Exchange in Animals

38. Circulatory Systems

39. Nutrition, Digestion, and Absorption

40. Salt and Water Balance and Nitrogen Excretion

41. Animal Behavior

42. Organisms in Their Environment

43. Populations

44. Ecological and Evolutionary Consequences of Species Interactions

45. Ecological Communities

46. The Global Ecosystem

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