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Benjamin Cummings

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Coleen Belk and Virginia Borden Maier have helped students demystify biology for nearly twenty years in the classroom and nearly ten years with their text, Biology: Science for Life with Physiology. In the new Fourth Edition, they continue to use stories and current issues, such as discussion of cancer to teach cell division, to connect biology to student's lives. Learning Outcomes are new to this edition and integrated within the text and MasteringBiology to help professors guide students' reading and to help students assess their understanding of biology. A new Chapter 3, "Is It Possible to Supplement Your Way to Better Health? Nutrients and Membrane Transport," offers an engaging storyline and focused coverage on micro- and macro-nutrients, antioxidants, passive and active transport, and exocytosis and endocytosis.

Author Biography

Colleen Belk and Virginia Borden Maier have been colleagues and collaborators for more than thirteen years. Both authors have adopted teaching styles at their respective universities, the University of Minnesota Duluth and St. John Fisher College, that capitalize on students’ natural curiosity about high-interest topics such as dieting, global warming, and organ donation to effectively teach fundamental course topics such as cell biology, photosynthesis, and physiology. Their classroom experience has informed every chapter to help students understand biological principles, develop critical thinking skills, apply biology to their own lives, and make the introductory course more enjoyable from both sides of the desk.

In addition to Biology: Science for Life, Colleen and Virginia are co-authors of Biology: Science for Life Laboratory Manual.


Table of Contents

1. Can Science Cure the Common Cold? Introduction to the Scientific Method

I. Chemistry and Cells

2. Are We Alone in the Universe? Water, Biochemistry, and Cells

3. Is it Possible to Supplement Your Way to Better Health? Nutrients and Membrane Transport

4. Fat: How Much is Right for You? Enzymes, Metabolism, and Cellular Respiration

5. Life in the Greenhouse–Photosynthesis and Global Warming

II. Genetics

6. Cancer–DNA Synthesis, Mitosis, and Meiosis

7. Are You Only as Smart as Your Genes? Mendelian and Quantitative Genetics

8. DNA Detective–Complex Patterns of Inheritance and DNA Fingerprinting

9. Genetically Modified Organisms–Gene Expression, Mutation, and Cloning        

III. Evolution

10. Where Did We Come From? The Evidence for Evolution

11. An Evolving Enemy–Natural Selection

12. Who am I? Species and Race

13. Prospecting for Biological Gold–Biodiversity and Classification

IV. Ecology

14. Is the Human Population Too Large? Population Ecology

15. Conserving Biodiversity–Community and Ecosystem Ecology

16. Where Do You Live? Climate and Biomes

V. Animal Structure and Function

17. Organ Donation–Tissues, Organs, and Organ Systems

18. Clearing the Air–Respiratory, Cardiovascular, and Urinary Systems

19. Vaccinations: Protection and Prevention or Peril? Immune System, Bacteria, Viruses, and Other Pathogens

20. Sex Differences and Athleticism–Endocrine, Skeletal, and Muscular Systems

21. Is There Something in the Water? Reproductive and Developmental Biology

22. Attention Deficit Disorder–Brain Structure and Function

VI. Plant Biology

23. Feeding the World–Plant Structure and Growth

24. Growing a Green Thumb–Plant Physiology



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