Life: The Science of Biology

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  • Edition: 11th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2016-12-01
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman

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The Eleventh Edition of Life: The Science of Biology is engaging, active, and focused on teaching the skills that students need in the majors biology course. New pedagogical features grab students’ attention and give them a clear learning path through the text. Active learning is a priority throughout the text and media, including in the brand new and unique Active Learning Guide, giving instructors the support they need to encourage students to "learn by doing." Life continues and improves its focus on experiments and data, ensuring that students learn the skills they need to succeed in their careers. It is this potent combination of expertly crafted pedagogy and engagement that make this new edition the best resource for biology students.

The Eleventh Edition of Life: The Science of Biology retains its reputation as the book with the highest quality content, clarity of language, and experimental emphasis, and the new focus and features make it a Life worth investigating.

Author Biography

David Sadava is the Pritzker Family Foundation Professor of Biology, Emeritus at the Keck Science Center of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps, three of The Claremont Colleges. In addition, he is Adjunct Professor of Cancer Cell Biology at the City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, California. Twice winner of the Huntoon Award for superior teaching, Dr. Sadava has taught courses on introductory biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, plant biology, and cancer biology. In addition to Life: The Science of Biology and Principles of Life, he is the author or coauthor of books on cell biology and on plants, genes, and crop biotechnology. His research has resulted in many papers coauthored with his students, on topics ranging from plant biochemistry to pharmacology of narcotic analgesics to human genetic diseases. For the past 20 years, he has investigated multidrug resistance in human small-cell lung cancer with a view to understanding and overcoming this clinical challenge. At the City of Hope, his current work focuses on new anti-cancer agents from plants. He is the featured lecturer in “Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes and their Real-World Applications” and “What Science Knows About Cancer” video courses for The Great Courses series.

David M. Hillis is the Alfred W. Roark Centennial Professor in Integrative Biology and the Director of the Dean’s Scholars Program at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also has directed the School of Biological Sciences and the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. Dr. Hillis has taught courses in introductory biology, genetics, evolution, systematics, and biodiversity. He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur fellowship, and has served as President of the Society for the Study of Evolution and of the Society of Systematic Biologists. He served on the National Research Council committee that wrote the report BIO 2010: Transforming Undergraduate Biology Education for Research Biologists, and he serves on the Executive Committee of the National Academies Scientific Teaching Alliance. His research interests span much of evolutionary biology, including experimental studies of viral evolution, empirical studies of natural molecular evolution, applications of phylogenetics, analyses of biodiversity, and evolutionary modeling. He is particularly interested in teaching and research about the practical applications of evolutionary biology.

H. Craig Heller is the Lorry I. Lokey/Business Wire Professor in Biological Sciences and Human Biology at Stanford University. He has taught neurobiology and physiology in the core biology courses at Stanford since 1972 and served as Director of the Program in Human Biology, Chairman of the Biology Department, and Associate Dean of Research. Dr. Heller is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a recipient of the Walter J. Gores Award for excellence in teaching and the Kenneth Cuthbertson Award for Exceptional Service to Stanford University. His research is on the neurobiology of sleep and circadian rhythms, mammalian hibernation, the regulation of body temperature, the physiology of human performance, and the neurobiology of learning and memory. He has done research on many species and problems ranging from sleeping kangaroo rats, diving seals, hibernating bears and squirrels, photoperiodic hamsters, and exercising athletes. Dr. Heller has extended his enthusiasm for promoting active learning via the development of a two-year curriculum in human biology for the middle grades and through the production of Virtual Labs—interactive computer-based modules to teach physiology.

Sally D. Hacker is Professor at Oregon State University where she has been a faculty member since 2004. She has taught courses in introductory ecology, community ecology, invasion biology, field ecology, and marine biology. She was awarded the Murray F. Buell Award by the Ecological Society of America and the Young Investigator Prize by the American Society of Naturalists. Dr. Hacker’s research explores the structure, function, and services of natural and managed ecosystems under varying contexts of species interactions and global change. She has conducted research with plants and animals in rocky intertidal, salt marsh, seagrass, and coastal dune ecosystems. Her work has most recently focused on the protective role of dune ecosystems in mitigating coastal vulnerability due to climate change. In addition to the textbooks Life: The Science of Biology and Ecology (Sinauer Associates), she is author or coauthor on numerous articles and book chapters exploring community ecology, species interactions, marine invasions, and ecosystem services important to coastal management. She is particularly interested in promoting active and experiential learning for students interested in ecology and field-emersion experiences.

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 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 
Part FIVE   Genomes
17 Genomes 
18 Recombinant DNA and Biotechnology 
19 Genes, Development, and Evolution 
Part Six   The Patterns and Processes of Evolution
20 Processes of Evolution 
21 Reconstructing and Using Phylogenies 
22 Speciation 
23 Evolution of Genes and Genomes 
24 The History of Life on Earth 
Part SEVEN   The Evolution of Diversity
25 Bacteria, Archaea, and Viruses 
26 The Origin and Diversification of Eukaryotes 
27 Plants without Seeds: From Water to Land 
28 The Evolution of Seed Plants 
29 The Evolution and Diversity of Fungi 
30 Animal Origins and the Evolution of Body Plans 
31 Protostome Animals 
32 Deuterostome Animals 
Part Eight   Flowering Plants: Form and Function
33 The Plant Body 
34 Transport in Plants 
35 Plant Nutrition 
36 Regulation of Plant Growth 
37 Reproduction in Flowering Plants 
38 Plant Responses to Environmental Challenges 
Part NINE   Animals: Form and Function
39 Physiology, Homeostasis, and Temperature Regulation 
40 Animal Hormones 
41 Immunology: Animal Defense Systems  
42 Animal Reproduction 
43 Animal Development 
44 Neurons, Glia, and Nervous Systems 
45 Sensory Systems 
46 The Mammalian Nervous System 
47 Musculoskeletal Systems 
48 Gas Exchange 
49 Circulatory Systems 
50 Nutrition, Digestion, and Absorption 
51 Salt and Water Balance and Nitrogen Excretion 
52 Animal Behavior 
Part Ten   Ecology
53 The Physical Environment and Biogeography of Life  
54 Populations
55 Species Interactions 
56 Communities 
57 Ecosystems  
58 A Changing Biosphere 

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