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Explore Life (with CD-ROM and InfoTrac)



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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
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
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
13. Animals
the Great Consumers
Case Study Dung Beetles
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
18. Hormones
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
Older People
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
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

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