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Overview

Intended for non-majors Biology courses in higher education, this text includes Chapter 1, Part 1 (Principles of Cellular Life), and Part II (Principles of Inheritance) from the authors' main text, Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life. In this text, the authors include characteristics of life, scientific methods, basic chemistry, cell biology, metabolism, mitosis and meiosis, classical genetics, human genetics, molecular genetics, recombinant DNA, and genetic engineering.
You'll also find the useful back matter (glossary, index, etc.) included from the main text, a customized table of contents, and a student CD-ROM packaged with every copy of the text.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495557982
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/31/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.50 (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."

Ralph Taggart, Former Chair of Biological Sciences at Michigan State University, Ralph Taggert is now the chair of Geological Sciences. Professor Taggart, known for his outstanding research in Paleobotany, has taught the general biology course for over 20 years.

Christine Evers has been creating multimedia and Web-based materials to supplement Starr and other science texts for ten years. She earned her B.S. in Biology from SUNY Stony Brook. After working as a research assistant studying the developmental biology of slime mold, she was awarded an N.S.F. fellowship to attend Yale, where she studied evolutionary biology and honeybee behavior. She has a strong interest in science education and serves as a member of her local school board.

Lisa Starr has been responsible for the incredible art in the Starr biology textbooks for many years. She has worked at as a research scientist at The Scripps Institute, as well as several other institutions. Her areas of expertise are biochemistry and molecular and cell biology.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Concepts and Methods in Biology: Why Biology? 2
I Principles of Cellular Life
2 Chemical Foundations for Cells: How Much Are You Worth? 20
3 Carbon Compounds in Cells: Carbon, Carbon, In the Sky--Are You Swinging Low and High? 34
4 Cell Structure and Function: Animalcules and Cells Fill'd With Juices 54
5 A Closer Look at Cell Membranes: One Bad Transporter and Cystic Fibrosis 80
6 Ground Rules of Metabolism: Growing Old With Molecular Mayhem 96
7 How Cells Acquire Energy: Sunlight and Survival 114
8 How Cells Release Stored Energy: The Killers Are Coming! The Killers Are Coming! 132
II Principles of Inheritance
9 Cell Division and Mitosis: From Cell to Silver Salmon 150
10 Meiosis: Octopus Sex and Other Stories 162
11 Observable Patterns of Inheritance: A Smorgasbord of Ears and Other Traits 176
12 Human Genetics: The Philadelphia Story 194
13 DNA Structure and Function: Cardboard Atoms and Bent Wire Bonds 216
14 From DNA to Proteins: Beyond Byssus 226
15 Controls Over Genes: When DNA Can't Be Fixed 238
16 Recombinant DNA and Genetic Engineering: Mom, Dad, and Clogged Arteries 252
Appendix I Classification System
Appendix II Units of Measure
Appendix III Answers to Self-Quizzes
Appendix IV Answers to Genetics Problems
Appendix V Closer Look at Some Major Metabolic Pathways
Appendix VI The Amino Acids
Appendix VII Periodic Table of the Elements
Glossary
Credits and Acknowledgments
Subject Index
Index of Applications
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