Biology: Concepts and Applications

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Cengage Learning, Jan 1, 2014 - Science - 880 pages
In the new edition of BIOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS, authors Cecie Starr, Christine A. Evers, and Lisa Starr have partnered with the National Geographic Society to develop a text designed to engage and inspire. This trendsetting text introduces the key concepts of biology to non-biology majors using clear explanations and unparalleled visuals. While mastering core concepts, each chapter challenges students to question what they read and apply the concepts learned, providing students with the critical thinking skills and science knowledge they need in life. Renowned for its writing style the new edition is enhanced with exclusive content from the National Geographic Society, including over 200 new photos and illustrations. New People Matter sections in most chapters profile National Geographic Explorers and Grantees who are making significant contributions in their field, showing students how concepts in the chapter are being applied in their biological research. Each chapter concludes with an ‘Application’ section highlighting real-world uses of biology and helping students make connections to chapter content.
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Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Influential Class Testers and Reviewers
Invitation to Biology
Lifes Chemical Basis
Molecules of Life
Cell Structure
Ground Rules of Metabolism
Plant Reproduction and Development
Animal Tissues and Organ Systems
Neural Control
Sensory Perception
Endocrine Control
Structural Support and Movement
Circulation
Immunity

Where it StartsPhotosynthesis
How Cells Release Chemical Energy
DNA Structure and Function
From DNA to Protein
Control of Gene Expression
How Cells Reproduce
Meiosis and Sexual Reproduction
Observing Patterns in Inherited Traits
Human Inheritance
Biotechnology
Evidence of Evolution
Processes of Evolution
Lifes Origin and Early Evolution
Viruses Bacteria and Archaea
The Protists
Plant Evolution
Fungi
Animals I Major Invertebrate Groups
Animals II The Chordates
Plant Tissues
Plant Nutrition and Transport
Respiration
Digestion and Human Nutrition
Maintaining the Internal Environment
Reproduction and Development
Animal Behavior
Population Ecology
Community Ecology
Ecosystems
The Biosphere
Human Effects on the Biosphere
Appendix I Periodic Table of the Elements
Appendix II The Amino Acids
Appendix III A Closer Look at Some Major Metabolic Pathways
Appendix IV A Plain English Map of the Human Chromosomes
Appendix V Restless EarthLifes Changing Geologic Stage
Appendix VI Units of Measure
Appendix VII Answers to SelfQuizzes and Genetics Problems
Glossary
Index
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