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Biology: 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
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life
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  • Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life ISBN: 9781337408332 Edition: 15 Hardback Jan 2018 Out of stock with supplier: order now to get this when available
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Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life, 15th Edition, reveals the biological world in wondrous detail. Its multitude of eye-catching photos and images will keep you fascinated, while helpful text features help you master the material. Chapter-opening core concepts enable you to focus on the topics that matter most in every chapter. Each section within a chapter begins with clear learning objectives, and section-ending take home messages reinforce these key concepts. Other invaluable features include a running glossary, case studies, self-test questions and data-analysis problems. Available with MindTap Biology, the online program that powers you from memorization to mastery. Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life puts the living world of biology under a microscope for you to analyze, understand and enjoy!


1. Invitation to Biology

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

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. Chromosomes and Human Inheritance
15. Studying and Manipulating Genomes

16. Evidence of Evolution
17. Processes of Evolution
18. Organizing Information about Species
19. Life's Origin and Early Evolution

20. Viruses, Bacteria, and Archaea
21. Protists: The Simplest Eukaryotes
22. The Land Plants
23. Fungi
24. Animal Evolution: The Invertebrates
25. Animal Evolution: The Chordates
26. Human Evolution

27. Plant Tissues
28. Plant Nutrition and Transport
29. Life Cycles of Flowering Plants
30. Communication Strategies in Plants

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

44. Population Ecology
45. Community Ecology
46. Ecosystems
47. The Biosphere
48. Human Impacts on the Biosphere

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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."

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 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 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.

By: Cecie Starr(Author), Ralph Taggart(Author), Christine A Evers(Author), Lisa Starr(Author)
1056 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations
Publisher: Cengage Learning
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