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Asking About Life (with InfoTrac) / Edition 2

Asking About Life (with InfoTrac) / Edition 2

by Allan J. Tobin, Jennie Dusheck


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Asking About Life (with InfoTrac) / Edition 2

This is a new edition of the winner of the 1999 award of excellence from the Text and Academic Authors Association in the college life sciences category. ASKING ABOUT LIFE, Second Edition promotes student understanding of the experimental origins of biological knowledge through a truly inquiry-based approach. This emphasis helps students learn biology by emphasizing questions, experimentation, and principles of biology. The text presents biology as a dynamic human activity, stressing the importance of questions rather than answers. Through engaging stories, clear illustrations, and verbal and visual metaphors, the authors make biology accessible and friendly, while still conveying the excitement of contemporary research. This edition was developed using the extensive research done with users and non-users of previous editions by the Market Intelligence Group.

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ISBN-13: 9780534166915
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Publication date: 07/19/2000
Edition description: With InfoTrac
Pages: 960

About the Author

Allan Tobin's undergraduate degree from MIT is in literature and biology and his doctoral degree is in biophysics with an emphasis on physical biochemistry. For more than 35 years he has taught introductory courses in general biology, cell biology, molecular biology, developmental biology, and neuroscience. He is the recipient of the U.C. Los Angeles Faculty Teaching and Service Award and is regarded as an excellent and highly interactive teacher.

Jennie Dusheck has an undergraduate degree in zoology from U.C. Berkeley and her master's degree is also in zoology. She also holds a certificate in science writing from U.C. Santa Cruz. Dusheck has written for "Science News," "Science Magazine," and other publications. From 1985 to1993 she was the Principal Editor at U.C. Santa Cruz and has received several national awards including the Gold Medal for Best-in-Category from the National Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. As a biologist she has studied the effects of light intensity on bird song, social behavior in field mice, food preferences of deer, cattle and skipper butterflies as well as axis formation in Xenopus laevis.

Table of Contents

Part I: CHEMISTRY AND CELL BIOLOGY. 1. The Unity and Diversity of Life. 2. The Chemical Foundations of Life. 3. Biological Molecules Great and Small. 4. Why Are All Organisms Made of Cells? 5. Directions and Rates of Biochemical Processes. 6. How Do Organisms Supply Themselves with Energy? 7. Photosynthesis: How Do Organisms Get Energy from the Sun? Part II: GENETICS - THE CONTINUITY OF LIFE. 8. Cell Reproduction. 9. From Meiosis to Mendel. 10. The Structure, Replication, and Repair of DNA. 11. How Are Genes Expressed? 12. Jumping Genes and Other Unconventional Genetic Systems. 13. Genetic Engineering and Recombinant DNA. 14. Human Genetics. Part III: EVOLUTION. 15. What Is the Evidence for Evolution? 16. Microevolution: How Does a Population Evolve? 17. Macroevolution: How Do Species Evolve? 18. How Did the First Organisms Evolve? Part IV: DIVERSITY. 19. Classification: What''s in a Name? 20. Prokaryotes: Success Stories, Ancient and Modern. 21. Classifying the Protists and Multicellular Fungi. 22. How Did Plants Adapt to Dry Land? 23. Protostome Animals: Most Animals Form Mouth First. 24. Deuterostome Animals: Echinoderms and Chordates. Part V: ECOLOGY. 25. Ecosystems. 26. Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems. 27. Communities: How Do Species Interact? 28. Populations: Extinctions and Explosions. 29. The Ecology of Animal Behavior. Part VI: STRUCTURAL AND PHYSIOLOGICAL ADAPTATIONS OF FLOWERING PLANTS. 30. Structural and Chemical Adaptations of Plants. 31. What Moves Water and Sugars? 32. Growth and Development of Flowering Plants. 33. How Do Plant Hormones Regulate Growth and Development? Part VII: STRUCTURAL AND PHYSIOLOGICAL ADAPTATIONS OF ANIMALS. 34. Form and Function in Animals. 35. How Do Animals Obtain Nourishment from Food? 36. How Do Animals Coordinate the Actions of Cells and Organs? 37. How Do Animals Move Blood Through Their Bodies? 38. How Do Animals Breathe? 39. How Do Animals Manage Water, Salts, and Wastes? 40. Defense: Inflammation and Immunity. 41. The Cells of the Nervous System. 42. The Nervous System and the Sense Organs. 43. Sexual Reproduction. 44. How Do Organisms Become Complex?

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