Biology: Concepts and Applications

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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 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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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."

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INTRODUCTION 1. Invitation to Biology. Part I: PRINCIPLES OF CELLULAR LIFE. 2. Life's Chemical Basis. 3. Molecules of Life. 4. Cell Structure. 5. Ground Rules of Metabolism. 6. Where It Starts-Photosynthesis. 7. How Cells Release Chemical Energy. Part II: GENETICS. 8. DNA Structure and Function. 9. From DNA to Protein. 10. Control of Gene Expression. 11. How Cells Reproduce. 12. Meiosis and Sexual Reproduction. 13. Observing Patterns in Inherited Traits. 14. Human Inheritance. 15. Biotechnology. Part III: PRINCIPLES OF EVOLUTION. 16. Evidence of Evolution. 17. Processes of Evolution. 18. Life's Origin and Early Evolution. Part IV: EVOLUTION AND BIODIVERSITY. 19. Viruses, Bacteria, and Archaeans. 20. The Protists. 21. Plant Evolution. 22. Fungi. 23. Animals I: Invertebrate Groups. 24. Animals II: The Chordates. Part V. HOW PLANTS WORK. 25. Plant Tissues. 26. Plant Nutrition and Transport. 27. Plant Reproduction and Development. Part VI. HOW ANIMALS WORK. 28. Animal Tissues and Organ Systems. 29. Neural Control. 30. Sensory Perception. 31. Endocrine Control. 32. Structural Support and Movement. 33. Circulation. 34. Immunity. 35. Respiration. 36. Digestion and Human Nutrition. 37. Maintaining the Internal Environment. 38. Reproduction and Development. Part VII: PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY. 39. Animal Behavior. 40. Population Ecology. 41. Community Ecology. 42. Ecosystems. 43. The Biospheres. 44. Human Effects on the Biosphere. Appendix I: Periodic Table of the Elements. Appendix II: 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 Earth-Life's Changing Geologic Stage. Appendix VI: Units of Measure. Appendix VII: Answers to Self-Quizzes and Genetics Problems. Glossary. Index.

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