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Gene therapy. Forensic DNA profiling. Biochemistry. Biotechnology. Cloning. Stem Cells. Super Bugs. Genetically modified food. Botany. Zoology. Sex. The study of life and living organisms is ancient, broad and ongoing. Biology combines the Greek word for life, bios, with the suffix -ology, or science/study/knowledge of. The new, completely revised and updated The Handy Biology Answer Book, examines, explains, and traces mankind's understanding ...
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The Handy Biology Answer Book

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Overview

Gene therapy. Forensic DNA profiling. Biochemistry. Biotechnology. Cloning. Stem Cells. Super Bugs. Genetically modified food. Botany. Zoology. Sex. The study of life and living organisms is ancient, broad and ongoing. Biology combines the Greek word for life, bios, with the suffix -ology, or science/study/knowledge of. The new, completely revised and updated The Handy Biology Answer Book, examines, explains, and traces mankind's understanding of this important topic.

This handy reference is the go-to guide for students and the more learned alike. It answers questions in plain English on all aspects of human, animal, plant, and microbial biology. It also introduces the scientists behind the breathtaking advances. Easy to use and a friendly reference source, The Handy Biology Answer Book explains the workings of cell structures, bacteria, viruses, fungi, plant and animal characteristics and diversity, endangered plants and animals, evolution, adaption and the environment, DNA and chromosomes, genetics and genetic engineering, laboratory techniques, and much more.

From the newsworthy to the practical and from the medical to the historical, this entertaining and informative book brings the complexity of life into focus through the well-researched answers to more than 1,250 common biology questions, such as …

What is life?
How many different species are on Earth?
Why do you need protein in your diet?
Why is stem cell research controversial?
Do animals suffer from allergies just like humans?
What is the Human Genome Project?
Why do birds fly in formation?
Can the environment affect genes?
What’s the difference between antibiotics and antibacterials?
Do bacteria get addicted to caffeine?
What famous children’s author studied and drew illustrations of fungi?
How is a fairy ring formed?
What was the historical significance of hemp?
How are seedless grapes grown?
What is the most expensive spice in the world?
What is social Darwinism?
What do the numbers inside the recycling symbol on plastic containers mean?
Is IQ genetically controlled?
What are vitamins and minerals?
Why are carbohydrates a major part of the human diet?
Can animals suffer from psychological disorders?
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"Written in the question/answer format that is typical of inquisitive adolescents, the authors introduce the field of biology as well as the many careers within the field. The authors recognize that their book contains highlights spanning the breadth of biology …. The Handy Biology Answer Book is a great place to start and it ends with an excellent recommendation to pursue your favorite topic." —National Science Teachers Association Recommends

"The Handy Biology Answer Book...is the ultimate reference guide to life science." —Bella Online

"Everything you’ve always wanted to know about biology (and probably much more) has been asked and answered in this informative, engrossing and entertaining book." —University of Pittsburgh

"This book best serves public libraries and high school media centers. These students as well as the general public will find the text engaging and the material useful." —ARBA

VOYA, August 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 3) - Jamie Hansen
Biology encompasses every aspect of the natural world from anatomy to zoology, and from cytology to ecology. Utilizing the question-and-answer format to entice casual readers and browsers, this volume provides brief responses to 1,250 queries about microbial, plant, animal, and human biology, never neglecting the roles of important scientists and researchers. Numerous illustrations, diagrams, charts, and sidebars add to the volume’s visual appeal. Unfortunately, the complexity of the life sciences demands a more comprehensive and scholarly treatment, and not the casual tone and arbitrary choice of subject matter found in this book. For example, in the chapter on animal diversity, information about the largest and smallest bear species follows a query asking whether any cats live in the desert, while random questions about camels, armadillos, bats, and animal longevity conclude the section. It is especially difficult to accept the information found in a science book lacking an index, a glossary, suggestions for further reading, or references. The text also contained numerous errors and omissions. Some readers might be surprised to discover that male cats are queens and female horses are sires. Presumably, editors will correct such content errors in the published work. While no single book can provide all the information about life science, ultimately The Handy Biology Answer Book may leave readers with more questions than answers. Public libraries and media centers might consider adding this occasionally entertaining, but ultimately unsatisfying, volume to a circulating collection where other books in the series have proved popular. Reviewer: Jamie Hansen; Ages 11 to Adult.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578595259
  • Publisher: Visible Ink Press
  • Publication date: 7/21/2014
  • Series: Handy Answer Book Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 839,403
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Patricia Barnes-Svarney is a science and science fiction writer. Over the past few decades, she has written or coauthored more than 35 books, including Visible Ink Press’ The Handy Dinosaur Answer Book, The Handy Math Answer Book, and The Handy Ocean Answer Book. She is the author of When the Earth Moves: Rogue Earthquakes, Tremors, and Aftershocks, and she was also the editor/author of the award-winning New York Public Library Science Desk Reference.

Thomas E. Svarney is a scientist who has written extensively about the natural world. His books, with Patricia Barnes-Svarney, include Visible Ink Press’ The Handy Dinosaur Answer Book, The Handy Math Answer Book, and The Handy Ocean Answer Book, and he is also the author of Skies of Fury: Weather Weirdness around the World and The Oryx Guide to Natural History.

They live in Endicott, New York.
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