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Biology: Concepts and Applications 8th Edition

Cecie Starr, Christine Evers, Lisa Starr

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  • Previous Editions 2008, 2006, 2006
  • 864 Pages
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Clear, engaging, and visual, BIOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS equips non-biology majors with the science they'll need in life! Renowned for its writing style and trendsetting art, the new edition includes an enhanced visual pedagogy, learning features, and media options. Helping visual learners, "Figure It Out" questions in many illustrations ensure students understand the concepts. The new Data Analysis Activities at the end of every chapter help students strengthen their analytical skills. New "Take Home Messages" ensure students grasp key concepts while special features like the chapter opening case studies and "How Would You Vote?" questions enliven the subject matter and make relevant connections between biology and real-life concerns. Helpful media options include the interactive Aplia program that connects with today's students. Throughout this issues-oriented text, the authors emphasize that biology is an ongoing endeavor carried out by a diverse community of people and prepare students to make decisions that require an understanding of the process of science and basic biological principles.

Cecie Starr,

For two decades, Cecie Starr secured her place as one of the bestselling 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, but now, instead of building houses, she 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."

Christine Evers,

Christine Evers (B.S. in Biology, State University of New York at Stony Brook) has been creating multimedia and web-based materials to supplement Starr and other science texts for ten years. After working as a research assistant studying developmental biology of slime mold, she was awarded an N.S.F. fellowship to attend Yale, where she studied Evolutionary Biology and honeybee behavior. She has a strong interest in science education and serves as a member of her local school board.

Lisa Starr,

Lisa Starr (B.A. in Chemistry/Biochemistry, University of California at San Diego, Revelle College) became an expert in molecular and cellular biology as she helped to build a veterinary virology research program at the biotech firm Syntro. She also spent seven years at The Scripps Research Institute and founded two other biotech firms. Since 1997, Lisa has been responsible for much of the art in the Starr BIOLOGY textbooks and has been a coauthor of the series since 2004.
  • The entire text has been enhanced visually throughout. Key Concepts with thumbnail images are reiterated in the visual summaries, and stepped out figures and "Figure It Out" figures help students along the way.
  • New Data Analysis Activities provide students with the opportunity to work with real data, further strengthening analytical skills and providing insight into contemporary research.
  • New Take-Home Message at the end of each section poses a question that reflects the critical content of the section and answers the question in bulleted list format so students grasp the key concepts.
  • New on-page running glossary provides immediate help with the language of Biology and aids reading comprehension.
  • New media options include the interactive Aplia program as well as CengageNOW and WebTutor for Blackboard and WebCT featuring new pop-up tutors that help explain key topics with short video explanations.
  • PowerLecture for Starr's BIOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS, 8e makes it easy for you to create customized lectures. Each chapter includes the following features, all organized by chapter section: lecture slides, new "What's Wrong with This Picture" slides, all chapter art and photos, bonus photos, animations, videos, PowerBibliography, Instructor's Manual, Test Bank, Examview testing software, JoinIn polling and quizzing slides, and everything else you need. This "buffet" of media resources is at your fingertips and is included on one DVD.
  • The text balances concepts and applications. All points necessary for developing an understanding of a basic concept are on a single page or two facing pages so students can focus on one topic at a time and digest information in manageable segments.
  • The visually-appealing and accurate art program helps visual learners with step-by-step art, Figure It Out" images, and animated figures.
  • A chapter opening case study begins each chapter by exploring a current event or controversy directly related to the chapter's content. Students see the relevance of the material and revisit the case at the end of the chapter.
  • "How Would You Vote?" questions accompany the chapter opening case studies and ask students to consider biology-related news, explore the facts behind the issue, apply knowledge, and cast a vote.
1. Invitation to Biology.
2. Life's Chemical Basis.
3. Molecules of Life.
4. Cell Structure.
5. Ground Rules of Metabolism.
6. Where It Starts--Photosynthesis.
7. How Cells Release Chemical Energy.
8. DNA Structure and Function.
9. From DNA to Protein.
10. Controls over Genes.
11. How Cells Reproduce.
12. Meiosis and Sexual Reproduction.
13. Observing Patterns in Inherited Traits.
14. Human Inheritance.
15. Biotechnology.
16. Evidence of Evolution.
17. Processes of Evolution.
18. Life's Origin and Early Evolution.
19. Viruses, Bacteria, and Archaeans.
20. The Protists.
21. Plant Evolution.
22. Fungi.
23. Animals I: Invertebrate Groups.
24. Animals II: The Chordates.
25. Plant Tissues.
26. Plant Nutrition and Transport.
27. Plant Reproduction and Development.
28. Animal Tissues and Organ Systems.
29. Neural Control.
30. Sensory Perception.
31. Endocrine Control.
32. Structural Support and Movement.
33. Circulation.
34. Immunity.
35. Respiration.
36. Digestion and Human Nutrition.
37. The Internal Environment.
38. Reproduction and Development.
39. Animal Behavior.
40. Population Ecology.
41. Community Ecology.
42. Ecosystems.
43. The Biospheres.
44. Human Effects on the Biosphere.
Appendix I: Classification System.
Appendix II: Annotations to a Journal Article.
Appendix III: Answers to Self-Quizzes and Genetics Problems.
Appendix IV: Periodic Table of the Elements.
Appendix V: Molecular Models.
Appendix VI: Closer Look at Some Major Metabolic Pathways.
Appendix VII: A Plain English Map of the Human Chromosomes.
Appendix VIII: Restless Earth--Life's Changing Geologic Stage.
Appendix IX: Units of Measure.
Appendix X: A Comparative View of Mitosis in Plant and Animal Cells.
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Biology: Concepts and Applications

ISBN: 9781305967335
Renowned for its clear writing style and unparalleled visuals, Starr/Evers/Starr’s trendsetting BIOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS, 10TH EDITION applies exclusive National Geographic content to engage students and emphasize how biology is an ongoing endeavor carried out by a diverse community of scientists. Each chapter explores core concepts aligned with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) initiative to help students master associated learning objectives. By continuously challenging students to question what they read and to apply the concepts they learn, this edition and the accompanying MindTap® digital resources hone critical thinking skills as students gain scientific literacy. MindTap now includes adaptive Mastery Training that provides distributed practice and builds long-term memory. MindTap options are available.

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ISBN: 9781305968509
Everything you need for your course in one place! This collection of product-specific lecture and class tools is available online via the instructor resource center at You'll be able to access and download materials, such as PowerPoint presentations, images, instructor’s manual, videos, and more.

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Biology: Concepts and Applications

ISBN: 9781305967335
Should there be warning labels on fast foods? Should employers be allowed to require drug testing? This introductory text teaches you basic concepts of biology in context of critical issues. The Tenth Edition of BIOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS was developed in partnership with the National Geographic Society, known for its eye-opening photography and legacy of inspiring people. The result is a text that combines clear explanations with unparalleled visuals to introduce the process of science and core concepts of biology. "Engage" boxes help you see chapter concepts being put to work in the real world; "Learning Objectives" help focus your studying; "Applications" bring chapter content to real life; "Figure It Out" questions help you check understanding; and "Data Analysis" activities strengthen your analytical skills. This book is widely praised for clear and engaging writing, exceptional art, and terrific support from media that all work together to help you "get" biology.