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Clear, engaging, and visual, Starr and McMillan's HUMAN BIOLOGY teaches students the core concepts of human biology and prepares them to make well-informed decisions in their lives. Each chapter opens with an application that highlights the relevance of biology and motivates the study of the topic. Students then learn the basic concepts which help them think critically about these issues. Useful pedagogy such as section ending "Take-Home Messages" and a running glossary ensure students understand key concepts. At the end of the chapter, "Your Future" and "Explore on Your Own" sections demonstrate the impact and personal relevance of the content on their lives. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections

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."

Beverly McMillan,

Beverly McMillan has been a science writer for more than 25 years and is coauthor of a college text in human biology, now in its eighth edition. She was worked extensively in educational and commercial publishing, including 8 years in editorial management positions in the college divisions of Random House and McGraw-Hill. In a multifaceted freelance career, Bev also has written or coauthored 10 trade books, as well as story panels for exhibitions at the Science Museum of Virginia and the San Francisco Exploratorium. She has worked as a radio producer and speechwriter for the University of California system and as science writer and media relations advisor for the Virginia Institute of Marine Science of the College of William and Mary. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.
  • NEW! CONCEPT ROAD MAPS help students focus on key concepts in each chapter, make connections to prior concepts, and see where the material is leading.
  • NEW! "YOUR FUTURE" sections at the end of each chapter demonstrate the personal relevance of the material and prepare students to make well-informed decisions as consumers and voters.
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  • NEW! UPDATED COVERAGE appears throughout with the latest research and even more clarity. The case studies are now be carried throughout the chapters.
  • NEW! UPDATED ART PROGRAM features larger art pieces to help visual learners. The visually-appealing and accurate art program includes step-by-step art, "Figure It Out" images, and animated figures.
  • NEW! ENHANCED END OF CHAPTER MATERIAL includes key concept thumbnails and key terms in the chapter summaries as well as an increased number of self-quiz questions and additional review material.
  • TAKE-HOME MESSAGE: At the end of each section, a question and bulleted list of answers help students grasp the key concepts.
  • HOMEOSTASIS EMPHASIS AND CONNECTIONS: Each human systems chapter has a "Homeostasis Preview" as well as a "Connections" grid that shows integration of body systems and highlights the role of the system in the chapter.
  • INTEGRATED INFECTIOUS DISEASE COVERAGE: In Chapter 1, infectious diseases are introduced as a global health issue. Subsequent chapters, especially the systems chapters, integrate coverage of diseases and disorders, including a section on infectious disease concerns related to the chapter's main topic.
  • APPLICATIONS: Each chapter opens with a brief, interesting essay about a biology-related issue or research finding that relates to the chapter topic. The chapter discussions show students how understanding basic concepts of human biology can help them think critically and make informed decisions.
  • RUNNING GLOSSARY: The on-page running glossary gives students immediate help with the language of human biology.
1. Learning about Human Biology.
2. Chemistry of Life.
3. Cells and How They Work.
4. Tissues, Organs, and Organ Systems.
5. The Skeletal System.
6. The Muscular System.
7. Circulation: The Heart and Blood Vessels.
8. Blood.
9. Immunity and Disease.
10. The Respiratory System.
11. Digestion and Nutrition.
12. The Urinary System.
13. The Nervous System.
14. Sensory Systems.
15. The Endocrine System.
16. Reproductive Systems.
17. Development and Aging.
18. Cell Reproduction.
19. Introduction to Genetics.
20. Chromosomes and Human Genetics.
21. DNA, Genes, and Biotechnology.
22. Genes and Disease: Cancer.
23. Principles of Evolution.
24. Principles of Ecology.
25. Human Impacts on the Biosphere.
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