About the Author
For decades, Cecie Starr has been known as one of the best-selling biology textbook authors. Her texts, appreciated for their clarity in both the written word and the visual representation of biological concepts, include multiple editions of BIOLOGY: THE UNITY AND DIVERSITY OF LIFE, BIOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS, and BIOLOGY TODAY AND TOMORROW. Her original dream was to become an architect. Instead of building houses, she now builds, with care and attention to detail, incredible texts based on this philosophy: "I invite students into a chapter through an intriguing story. Once inside, they get the great windows that biologists construct on the world of life. Biology is not just another house. It is a conceptual mansion. I hope to do it justice."
Beverly McMillan has been a science writer for more than 30 years and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to her work on this textbook, she has coauthored eleven editions of a human biology text and written or coauthored numerous trade books on scientific subjects and natural history. She has also worked extensively as a content developer and editorial manager in educational and commercial publishing, including co-publishing ventures with Yale University Press, the Smithsonian Institution, the U.S. National Park Service and other partners.
Table of ContentsI: FOUNDATION. 1. Concepts and Methods in Human Biology. 2. The Chemistry of Life. 3. Cells. 4. Introduction to Tissues, Organ Systems, and Homeostasis. II: BODY SYSTEMS AND FUNCTIONS. 5. The Muscular and Skeletal Systems. 6. Digestion and Nutrition. 7. Blood and Circulation. 8. Immunity. 9. The Respiratory System. 10. Water-Salt Balance and Excretion. 11. The Nervous System. 12. Sensory Reception. 13. The Endocrine System. III. HUMAN REPRODUCTION. 14. Reproductive Systems. 15. Development and Aging. 16. Life at Risk: Infectious Disease. IV. PRINCIPLES OF INHERITANCE. 17. Cell Reproduction. 18. Observable Patterns of Inheritance. 19. Chromosome Variations and Medical Genetics. 20. DNA Structure and Function. 21. Cancer: A Case Study of Genes and Disease. 22. Recombinant DNA and Genetic Engineering. V: EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY. 23. Evolution. 24. Ecosystems. 25. Impacts of the Human Population. APPENDIX I: ENERGY, ENZYMES, AND METABOLISM / APPENDIX II: PERIODIC TABLE OF THE ELEMENTS / APPENDIX III: UNITS OF MEASURE / APPENDIX IV: ANSWERS TO GENETICS PROBLEMS / APPENDIX V: ANSWERS TO SELF-QUIZZES / APPENDIX VI: KEY TO CRITICAL THINKING QUESTIONS / GLOSSARY OF BIOLOGICAL TERMS / INDEX / APPLICATIONS INDEX.