Essential Biologyis a brief non-majors biology book that combines clear writing, real-world applications, vivid art, and powerful media to teach readers the important concepts of biology and give them an appreciation for how biology relates to their everyday lives. In theSecond Edition, best-selling authors Neil Campbell and Jane Reece are joined by Eric Simon, who uses his experience teaching non-majors biology to keep the book both accessible and up to date. To help readers become informed citizens, the new edition features even more human applications and up-to-date information on important issues like DNA technology, cloning, and global warming.KEY TOPICSThe book covers four major biological topics D cells, genetics, evolution/diversity, and ecology D and uses evolution as an overarching theme to tie all 20 chapters together.For college instructors, students, or anyone interested in biology.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to Biology.
UNIT 1: CELLS.
2. Essential Chemistry for Biology. 3. The Molecules of Life. 4. A Tour of the Cell. 5. The Working Cell. 6. Cellular Respiration: Harvesting Chemical Energy. 7. Photosynthesis: Converting Light Energy to Chemical Energy.
UNIT 2: GENETICS.
8. The Cellular Basis of Reproduction and Inheritance. 9. Patterns of Inheritance. 10. Molecular Biology of the Gene. 11. Gene Regulation: Differentiation, Stem Cells, Cloning, and Cancer. 12. DNA Technology.
UNIT 3: EVOLUTION AND DIVERSITY.
13. How Populations Evolve. 14. How Biological Diversity Evolves. 15. The Evolution of Microbial Life. 16. Plants, Fungi, and the Move onto Land. 17. The Evolution of Animals.
UNIT 4: ECOLOGY.
18. Population Ecology. 19. Communities and Ecosystems. 20. Human Impact on the Environment.