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Cecie Starr's Biology: Concepts and Applications, ISBN 9781439046739 is a widely acclaimed text boasting a concise and appealing writing style which will engage readers while presenting the process of science and foundational biological principles. Users will appreciate the various special features of this text including 'Take Home Messages' which aid in...
Cecie Starr's Biology: Concepts and Applications, ISBN 9781439046739 is a widely acclaimed text boasting a concise and appealing writing style which will engage readers while presenting the process of science and foundational biological principles. Users will appreciate the various special features of this text including 'Take Home Messages' which aid in the retention of key concepts as well as 'Figure It Out' questions paired with grand illustrations which help the user comprehend the concepts depicted in the figures. Other useful features include chapter opening case studies, 'How Would You Vote?' questions, and 'Data Analysis Activities' at the conclusion of every chapter. Starr has strategically organized Biology: Concepts and Applications across 7 sections followed by 10 comprehensive appendices to support concepts discussed. An 'Introduction' invites readers into the discipline of Biology followed by part I entitled 'Principles of Cellular Life.' Within this section, chapters are take a look at cells through the lens of life's chemical basis, as molecules of life, cell structure, metabolism, photosynthesis, and the release of chemical energy. Part II focuses on 'Genetics' and investigates DNA structure and function, protein, controls over genes, cell reproduction, meiosis and sexual reproduction, patterns in inherited traits, human inheritance, and biotechnology. 'Principles of Evolution' are the subject of part III and is divided amongst chapters dealing with the evidence of evolution, evolutionary processes, life's origin and early evolution. Part IV entitled, 'Evolution and Biodiversity' takes a look at viruses, bacteria, archaeans, protists, plant evolution, fungi, and invertebrate and chordate groups of animals. Part V explores 'How Plants Work' and analyzes plant tissues, plant nutrition and transport, plant reproduction and development. Similarly, part VI focuses on 'How Animals Work' looking at animal tissues and organ systems, neural control, sensory perception, endocrine control, structural support and movement, circulation, immunity, respiration, digestion and human nutrition, the internal environment, and lastly, reproduction and development. Part VII closes out this text by looking at 'Principles of Ecology.' Those principles discussed include animal behavior, population ecology, community ecology, ecosystems, biospheres, and finally, human effects on the biosphere. Following these sections are appendices devoted to the classification system, answers to self-quizzes and genetics problems, a periodic table of elements, molecular models, a map of human chromosomes, as well as a comparative view of mitosis in plant and animal cells.
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