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Table of Contents
1. Invitation to Biology. I. PRINCIPLES OF CELLULAR LIFE. 2. Life's Chemical Basis. 3. Molecules of Life. 4. How Cells Are Put Together. 5. How Cells Work. 6. Where It Starts?Photosynthesis. 7. How Cells Release Chemical Energy. II. PRINCIPLES OF INHERITANCE. 8. How Cells Reproduce. 9. Meiosis and Sexual Reproduction. 10. Observing Patterns in Inherited Traits. 11. Chromosomes and Human Genetics. 12. DNA Structure and Function. 13. From DNA to Proteins. 14. Controls over Genes. 15. Studying and Manipulating Genomes. III. PRINCIPLES OF EVOLUTION. 16. Processes of Evolution. 17. Evolutionary Patterns, Rates, and Trends. 18. The Origin and Early Evolution of Life. IV. EVOLUTION AND BIODIVERSITY. 19. Prokaryotes and Viruses. 20. The Simplest Eukaryotes?Protists and Fungi. 21. Plant Evolution. 22. Animal Evolution?The Invertebrates. 23. Animal Evolution?The Vertebrates. 24. Plants and Animals?Common Challenges. V. HOW PLANTS WORK. 25. Plant Tissues. 26. Plant Nutrition and Transport. 27. Plant Reproduction and Development. VI. HOW ANIMALS WORK. 28. Animal Tissues and Organ Systems. 29. Neural Control. 30. Sensory Perception. 31. Endocrine Control. 32. How Animals Move. 33. Circulation. 34. Immunity. 35. Respiration. 36. Digestion and Human Nutrition. 37. The Internal Environment. 38. Animal Reproduction and Development. VII. PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY. 39. Population Ecology. 40. Community Structure and Biodiversity. 41. Ecosystems. 42. The Biosphere. 43. Behavioral Ecology. Appendix I: Classification System. Appendix II: Units of Measure. Appendix III: Answers to Self-Quizzes. Appendix IV: Answers to Genetic Problems. Appendix V: Closer Look at Some Major Metabolic Pathways. Appendix VI: The Amino Acids. Appendix VII: Periodic Table of the Elements. Glossary. Index.