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  • Edition: 12th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2020-01-06
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman

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The new 12th edition of Life: The Science of Biology continues to be engaging, active, and focused on teaching the skills that students need to master the majors biology course.

New pedagogical features work in conjunction with powerful updates to the online suite of materials in Achieve to support the mission of Life by teaching students the skills and understanding of experimentation and data they need to succeed in introductory biology and ultimately in their future STEM careers.

Life’s  potent combination of expertly crafted media, assessment, pedagogy and engagement makes this new edition the best resource yet for biology students.

Table of Contents

Part one The Science of Life and Its Chemical Basis

 1 Studying Life
 2 Small Molecules and the Chemistry of Life
 3 Proteins, Carbohydrates, and Lipids
 4 Nucleic Acids and the Origin of Life

Part two Cells

 5 Cells: The Working Units of Life
 6 Cell Membranes
 7 Cell Communication and Multicellularity

Part three Cells and Energy

 8 Energy, Enzymes, and Metabolism
 9 Pathways that Harvest Chemical Energy
 10 Photosynthesis: Energy from Sunlight

Part four Genes, Genomes, and Heredity

 11 The Cell Cycle and Cell Division
 12 Inheritance, Genes, and Chromosomes
 13 DNA and Its Role in Heredity
 14 From DNA to Protein: Gene Expression
 15 Gene Mutation and Molecular Medicine
 16 Regulation of Gene Expression
 17 Genomes
 18 Recombinant DNA and Biotechnology

Part five The Processes and Patterns of Evolution

 19 Processes of Evolution
 20 Reconstructing and Using Phylogenies
 21 Evolution of Genes and Genomes
 22 Speciation
 23 The History of Life on Earth

Part six The Evolution of Diversity

 24 Bacteria, Archaea, and Viruses
 25 The Origin and Diversification of Eukaryotes
 26 Plants without Seeds: From Water to Land
 27 The Evolution of Seed Plants
 28 The Evolution and Diversity of Fungi
 29 Animal Origins and the Evolution of Body Plans
 30 Protostome Animals
 31 Deuterostome Animals

Part seven Flowering Plants: Form and Function

 32 The Plant Body
 33 Transport in Plants
 34 Plant Nutrition
 35 Regulation of Plant Growth
 36 Reproduction in Flowering Plants
 37 Plant Responses to Environmental Challenges

Part eight Animals: Form and Function

 38 Physiology, Homeostasis, and Temperature Regulation
 39 Animal Hormones
 40 Immunology: Animal Defense Systems
 41 Animal Reproduction
 42 Animal Development
 43 Neurons, Glia, and Nervous Systems
 44 Sensory Systems
 45 The Mammalian Nervous System
 46 Musculoskeletal Systems
 47 Gas Exchange
 48 Circulatory Systems
 49 Nutrition, Digestion, and Absorption
 50 Salt and Water Balance and Nitrogen Excretion
 51 Animal Behavior

Part nine Ecology

 52 The Physical Environment and Biogeography of Life
 53 Populations
 54 Species Interactions
 55 Communities
 56 Ecosystems
 57 A Changing Biosphere

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