224 pages, Illus, figs
This is a A level Biology book which uses a innovative format, consisting of a series of annotated diagrams with linking text, to make biology an interesting and easily accessible subject for pupils. Biological principles and their applications in commercial, medical, ecological and physiological contexts are explained in the book. The text covers information for the newly proposed A-level Biology syllabuses, but is equally useful for students of vocational life-science courses.
Life chemistry and the ecosystem; introduction; the elements of life; the compounds of life; water in relation to life; nutrition; the biogeochemical cycles; membranes; cell structures; biological molecules; amino acids and proteins; the carbohydrates; the nucleic acids; the lipids; enzymes as macromolecules; catalysis explained in simple chemical terms; measurement of activity; induced fit; factors affecting activity; inhibition of enzymes; control of activity in the cell obtaining energy; metabolism; photosynthetic generation of ATP; generation of ATP by oxidative phosphorylation; tricarboxylic acid cycle; outline of fat breakdown; carbohydrate breakdown; protein catabolism; control of metabolism using energy; photosynthetic production of organic compounds; nitrogen fixation; biosynthesis of carbohydrate and fat; movement/muscle contraction; moving molecules across membranes DNA and protein synthesis introduction; biochemistry and genetics; structure of DNA; protein biosynthesis; mutations; chromosomes; molecular biology and genetic engineering; the tools for manipulating DNA; applications.
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