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This fresh approach to teaching introductory biology to non-science majors is based on two sets of beliefs. First, that nonscience majors absorb biology best when it is presented in the context of personal experience or human relevance. Second, that today's variety of media--video, CD-ROMs, and the Internet--offer unprecedented opportunities to bring people, imagery, biological processes, hands-on interactivity, and up-to-the-minute data into the study of biology. Authors John Postlethwait and Janet Hopson have created a topical, case-history approach to teaching life science fundamentals that fully integrates electronic media so that the student can explore relevant biology in ways suited to his or her own learning style. An engaging, student-relevant case study opens and is interwoven throughout each chapter. Additional examples, anecdotes, research stories, and applications are also used to give students a well-rounded framework for learning core biological concepts. The book's innovative design allows integration of references to the other EXPLORE LIFE components within it. The media are integrated into the course line by line, not just attractively packaged and offered as ancillaries. This complete integration can be seen in every chapter. This multimedia, applications-driven approach in EXPLORE LIFE has the potential to reshape the teaching of non-majors biology. Instructors can adopt this approach with a high level of flexibility, using as much or as little of the media as they deem appropriate, incorporating their own material, and adapting EXPLORE LIFE to their individual needs.
Table of Contents
|1. What Is Life (And Why Study It)? Case Study Search for Life on Mars|
|Part 1. CELLS, GENES AND LIFE'S PERPETUATION|
|2. Cells and the Chemistry of Life|
|Case Study HIV and AIDS|
|3. How Cells Take in and Use Energy|
|Case Study Metabolism of Hummingbirds|
|4. The Cell Cycle|
|Case Study Cancer and the Cell Cycle|
|5. Patterns of Inheritance|
|Case Study Cystic Fibrosis|
|6. DNA and the Thread of Life|
|Case Study DNA Fingerprinting|
|7. Gene Function and Manipulation|
|Case Study Transgenic Goats|
|8. Reproduction and Development|
|Case Study In Vitro Fertilization|
|Part 2. EVOLUTION AND BIODIVERSITY|
|9. Mechanisms of Evolution|
|Case Study Antibiotic Resistance|
|10. Life's Origins and Biodiversity|
|Case Study Extreme Environments in Hawaii|
|11. Single-celled Life|
|Case Study Malaria (Plasmodium)|
|12. Fungi and Plants|
|Decomposers and Producers|
|Case Study Chile peppers|
|the Great Consumers|
|Case Study Dung Beetles|
|Part 3. THE DYNAMIC BODY|
|14. Body Function, Survival and Steady State|
|Case Study Effects of Weightlessness in Outer Space|
|15. Circulation and Respiration|
|Case Study Blood Substitutes|
|16. Immune System|
|Case Study Battling the Common Cold/The Flu|
|17. Nutrition and Digestion|
|Case Study Koala Digestion|
|Messengers of Change|
|Case Study Stress Hormones in a College Student|
|19. Nervous System|
|Case Study Brain Mapping and Neural Activity in Deaf People|
|20. Muscles and Skeleton|
|The Body in Motion|
|Case Study Locomotion and Balance in Athletes vs|
|Part 4. THE LIVING PLANT|
|21. Plant Life|
|Form and Function|
|Case Study Hemp Anatomy and Uses|
|22. How Plants Grow|
|Case Study Genetically Engineered Rice|
|23. The Dynamic Plant|
|Case Study Weeds and Super Weeds|
|Part 5. THE LIVING WORLD|
|24. Ecology of Populations and Communities|
|Case Study Overfishing Off Cape Cod|
|25. Ecology of Ecosystems and Biosphere|
|Case Study Global Warming and Shifting Butterfly Ranges|
|26. Animal Behavior|
|Case Study Sex Lives of Bonobos and Chimps|