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Biology (International Edition): The Unity and Diversity of Life


By: Cecie Starr(Author), Ralph Taggart(Author), Christine A Evers(Author), Lisa Starr(Author)

1056 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations

Brooks/Cole Publishing Company

Paperback | May 2012 | Edition: 13 | #198899 | ISBN-13: 9781111580988
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Paperback | Dec 2003 | Edition: 10 | #141188 | ISBN: 0534388000
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About this book

Renowned for its writing style and trendsetting art, Biology: The Unity And Diversity Of Life, (13th edition), International Edition engages students with relevant applications and encourages critical thinking. The new edition offers a new Learning Roadmap in each chapter to help students gain a full understanding. Students are able to focus on key concepts, make connections to other concepts, and see where the material is leading. Helpful learning tools like the section-ending "Take-Home Messages" and the on-page running glossary ensure they grasp key points. Carefully balancing accessibility and the level of detail, the authors enable students to go beyond rote memorization and prepare them to make important decisions in life that require an understanding of biology and the process of science.

- The clear writing style engages students and makes the material accessible without glossing over the science--even with the most formidable topics.
- The visually-appealing and accurate art program helps visual learners with step-by-step art, "Figure It Out" images, and animated figures.
- "Take-Home Message" at the end of each section poses a question that reflects the critical content of the section and answers the question in bulleted list format so students grasp the key concepts.
- Data Analysis Activities provide students with the opportunity to work with real data, further strengthening analytical skills and providing insight into contemporary research.
- "How Would You Vote?" questions demonstrate the personal relevance of the concepts and ask students to consider biology-related news, explore the facts behind the issue, apply knowledge, and cast a vote.


1. Introduction to Biology

2. Chemical Basis of Life
3. Molecules
4. Cell Structure and Function
5. Metabolism
6. Photosynthesis
7. Cells Release Energy

8. DNA Structure and Function
9. DNA to Protein
10. Control Over Genes
11. Cells Reproduce
12. Meiosis
13. Patterns of Inherited Traits
14. Human Inheritance
15. Genomes

16. Evidence of Evolution
17. Processes of Evolution
18. Information About Species
19. Early Evolution

20. Viruses and Prokaryotes
21. Protists
22. Plants
23. Fungi
24. Invertebrates
25. Chordates
26. Human Evolution

27. Plant Tissues
28. Plant Nutrition
29. Plant Reproduction
30. Plant Development

31. Animal Organ Systems
32. Neural Control
33. Sensory System
34. Endocrine System
35. Support and Movement
36. Circulation
37. Immune System
38. Respiration
39. Nutrition and Digestion
40. Internal Environment
41. Reproductive Systems
42. Development
43. Behavior

44. Ecology
45. Biodiversity
46. Ecosystems
47. Biosphere
48. Human Impact on the Bioshphere

A1. Amino Acids
A2. How to Read a Journal Article
A3. Answers to Self-Quizzes and Genetics Problems
A4. Periodic Table of Elements
A5. Closer Look at Some Major Metabolic Pathways
A6. A Plain English Map of the Human Chromosomes
A7. Restless Earth—Life's Changing Geological Stage
A8. Units of Measure
A9. Chapter Summaries, Quizzes, and Questions


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Cecie Starr
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."

Ralph Taggart
Ralph Taggart, Former Chair of Biological Sciences at Michigan State University, Ralph Taggert is now the chair of Geological Sciences. Professor Taggart, known for his outstanding research in Paleobotany, has taught the general biology course for over 20 years.

Christine Evers
Christine Evers has been creating multimedia and Web-based materials to supplement Starr and other science texts for ten years. She earned her B.S. in Biology from SUNY Stony Brook. After working as a research assistant studying the developmental biology of slime mold, she was awarded an N.S.F. fellowship to attend Yale, where she studied evolutionary biology and honeybee behavior. She has a strong interest in science education and serves as a member of her local school board.

Lisa Starr
Lisa Starr has been responsible for the incredible art in the Starr biology textbooks for many years. She has worked at as a research scientist at The Scripps Institute as well as several other institutions. Her area of expertise is biochemistry, molecular and cell biology.

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