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Understanding Biology

By: Kenneth A Mason(Author), George B Johnson(Author), Jonathan B Losos(Author), Susan R Singer(Author)
1088 pages, 851 colour photos and colour illustrations
Publisher: McGraw Hill
Understanding Biology
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  • Understanding Biology ISBN: 9781259592416 Edition: 2 Hardback Jan 2017 Usually dispatched within 3 days
Price: £171.99
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A concise and engaging biology text for biology majors, Understanding Biology partnered with Connect emphasizes fundamentals concepts to help students better understand biology and focus on developing scientific skills.

Condensed chapters are centered on a learning path that serves to connect concepts within a chapter. The learning path begins with learning outcomes, which help students understand the core skills and concepts they should develop. Inquiry and Analysis cases help students build scientific skills, while scaffold end of chapter assessment ensures they not only grasp core concepts, but can also critically analyze and apply what they've learned. "Connecting the Concepts", a synthesis feature that ends every part, helps students understand the connections between biological concepts, thus helping them "see" the big picture.


Part I The Molecular Basis of Life
1 - The Science of Biology
2 - The Nature of Moleculars and the Properties of Water
3 - The Chemical Building Blocks of Life

Part II The Biology of the Cell
4 - Cell Structure
5 - Membranes
6 - Energy and Metabolism
7 - How Cells Harvest Energy
8 - Photosynthesis
9 - Cell Communication
10 - How Cells Divide

Part III Genetic and Molecular Biology
11 - Sexual Reproduction and Meiosis
12 - Patterns of Inheritance
13 - The Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance
14 - DNA: The Genetic Material
15 - Genes and How They Work
16 - Control of Gene Expression
17 - Biotechnology
18 - Genomics

Part IV Evolution
19 - Genes Within Populations
20 - The Evidence for Evolution
21 - The Origin of Species

Part V The Diversity of Life
22 - Systematics and Phylogeny
23 - Prokaryotes and Viruses
24 - Protists
25 - Fungi
26 - Plants
27 - Animal Diversity
28 - Vertebrates

Part VI Plant Form and Function
29 - Plant Form
30 - Plant Reproduction
31 - The Living Plant

Part VII Animal Form and Function
32 - The Animal Biology and How It Moves
33 - The Nervous System
34 - Fueling the Body's Metabolism
35 - Maintaining Homeostasis
36 - Reproduction and Development

Part VIII Ecology and Behavior
37 - Behavioral Biology
38 - Ecology of Populations
39 - Community Ecology
40 - The Living World

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Kenneth A. Mason received his undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Washington, worked at UC Berkeley, then pursued his PhD in Genetics at UC Davis. He has taught Gentics, Microbial Genetics, Microbiology, Advanced Molecular Genetics, Introductory Biology, and a Genetics Laboratory that he designed.

George B. Johnson, PhD, is a professor of biology at Washington University in St. Louis and a professor of genetics at the university's School of Medicine. He is a prolific author of life science texts and curriculum products in a variety of media. New to his list of works are the Explorations of Human Biology CD-ROM and the textbook Human Biology, both offered by Wm. C. Brown Publishers. Johnson is acknowledged as an authority on population genetics and evolution variability, and he has published more than 50 research papers dealing with these and related topics. Visitors to the St. Louis Zoo can appreciate Johnson's work in the Living World, the educational center of which he is the founding director.

Jonathan Losos is a Monique and Philip Lehner Professor for the Study of Latin America in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Curator of Herpetology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. Losos's research has focused on studying patterns of adaptive ratiation and evolutionary diversification in lizards. The recipient of several awards including hte prestigious Theodosius Dobzhansky and David Starr Jordan Prizes for outstanding young evolutionary biologists, Losos has published more than 100 scientific articles.

Susan Singer is the Laurence McKinley Gould Professor of the Natural Sciences in teh dpartment of biology at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, where she has taught introductory biology, plant biology, genetics, plant development, and developmental genetics for 20 years. Her research interests are focused on the development and evolution of flowering plants. Singer has authored numberous scientific publications on plant development, contributed chapters to developmental biology texts, and is actively involved with the education efforts of several professional societies. She received the American Society of Plant Biology's Excellence in Teaching Award, serves on the National Academies Board on Science Education, and chaired the NRC study committee that produced America's Lab Report.

By: Kenneth A Mason(Author), George B Johnson(Author), Jonathan B Losos(Author), Susan R Singer(Author)
1088 pages, 851 colour photos and colour illustrations
Publisher: McGraw Hill
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