Human Biology: Concepts and Current Issues (4th Edition)

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Human Biology: Concepts and Current Issues, Fourth Edition sparks interest among non-science readers by encouraging them to connect basic biology concepts to real-world issues that are relevant to their own lives. As an award winning teacher, author Michael Johnson demystifies the scientific process and the concepts of human biology using a narrative style to tell a story with a reader-friendly approach. Liposuction, antioxidants, and the black market for bones are just a few of the timely topics that are woven throughout each chapter to engage readers in learning the basics of human biology. Michael Johnson’s jargon-free writing style and expanded coverage of current issues are supported by dozens of exciting new illustrations and photos that further engage reader interest, while unique “Try It Yourself” boxes and the accompanying InterActive Physiology® for Human Biology CD-ROM promote active learning.  Human Biology, Science, and Society, The Chemistry of Living Things, Structure and Function of Cells, From Cells to Organ Systems, The Skeletal System, The Muscular System, Blood, Heart and Blood Vessels, The Immune System and Mechanisms of Defense, The Respiratory System: Exchange of Gases, The Nervous System: Integration and Control, Sensory Mechanisms, The Endocrine System, The Digestive System, The Urinary System, Reproductive Systems, Cell Reproduction and Differentiation, Cancer: Uncontrolled Cell Division and Differentiation, Genetics and Inheritance, DNA Technology and Genetic Engineering, Development and Aging, Evolution and the Origins of Life, Ecosystems and Populations, Human Impacts, Biodiversity, and Environmental Issues.  For all readers interested in demystifying the scientific process and the concepts of human biology using a narrative style to tell a story with a reader-friendly approach.

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Taking advantage of non-scientists' natural curiosity about how the human body works, Human Biology: Concepts and Current Issues sparks readers' interest in science and encourages active learning. Writing specifically for the non-majors human biology course, author Michael D. Johnson seeks to make readers better consumers of health and science information. Instead of presenting facts to memorize, the magazine-style design and inspired narrative give readers a truly engaging learning tool. Extensive new material on DNA technology, genetic engineering, and environmental issues. For anyone interested in human biology.

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Originally from the state of Washington, Dr. Michael D. Johnson earned his B.S. degree from Washington State University and his Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Michigan. He completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School and then joined the faculty of West Virginia University, where he is currently a professor. He has been honored with several teaching awards during his 27 years on the faculty, including the West Virginia University Foundation Outstanding Teacher award and the Distinguished Teacher Award of the School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Physiological Society, the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society, the National Association of Biology Teachers, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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