Biology: Science for Life

Biology: Science for Life, 6th edition

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Biology: Science for Life explores topics like genetic testing, climate change, and the Zika virus, using a storyline to introduce biological concepts.

Published by Pearson (September 15th 2020) - Copyright © 2019

ISBN-13: 9780135214084

Subject: Biology

Category: Introductory Biology

Table of contents

1 Can Science Cure the Common Cold?

Introduction to the Scientific Method

1.1 The Process of Science
The Nature of Hypotheses
Scientific Theories
The Logic of Hypothesis Tests

1.2 Hypothesis Testing
The Experimental Method
Controlled Experiments
Minimizing Bias in Experimental Design
Using Correlation to Test Hypotheses

1.3 Understanding Statistics
What Statistical Tests Can Tell Us
Factors that Influence Statistical Significance
What Statistical Tests Cannot Tell Us

1.4 Evaluating Scientific Information
Primary Sources
Information from Anecdotes
Science in the News
Understanding Science from Secondary Sources
Is There a Cure for the Common Cold?
Sounds Right, But Is It?
THE BIG QUESTION How do I know what to believe?

UNIT ONE Chemistry and Cells

2 Science Fiction, Bad Science, and Pseudoscience

Water, Biochemistry, and Cells
2.1 A Definition of Life

2.2 The Properties of Water
The Structure of Water
Water Is a Good Solvent
Water Facilitates Chemical Reactions
Water Moderates Temperature
The Drinking-Water Hypothesis Requires More Substantiation

2.3 Chemistry for Biology Students
Chemical Bonds
The Bermuda Triangle Revisited

2.4 Biological Macromolecules
Nucleic Acids
Dietary Macromolecules and Behavior

2.5 An Introduction to Evolutionary Theory
Sounds Right, But Is It?
THE BIG QUESTION Does balanced reporting help us draw more accurate conclusions? Review

3 Is It Possible to Supplement Your Way to Better Performance and Health?

Nutrients and Membrane Transport

3.1 Nutrients

3.2 Cell Structure
Plasma Membrane
Subcellular Structures

3.3 Transport Across Membranes
Passive Transport: Diffusion, Facilitated Diffusion, and Osmosis
Active Transport: Pumping Substances across the Membrane
Exocytosis and Endocytosis: Movement of Large Molecules across the Membrane
Sounds Right, But Is It?
THE BIG QUESTION Should I routinely use detox products?

4 Body Weight and Health

Enzymes, Metabolism, and Cellular Respiration

4.1 Enzymes and Metabolism

4.2 Cellular Respiration
Structure and Function of ATP
Cellular Respiration
Stages of Cellular Respiration
Metabolism of Other Nutrients
Metabolism without Oxygen: Anaerobic Respiration and Fermentation

4.3 Body Weight and Health
Body Mass Index
Underweight Is Unhealthy
Sounds Right, But Is It?
THE BIG QUESTION How unhealthy is anorexia?

5 Life in the Greenhouse

Photosynthesis and Climate Change

5.1 The Greenhouse Effect
Earth Is a Greenhouse
Water, Heat, and Temperature

5.2 The Flow of Carbon

5.3 Can Photosynthesis Slow Down Global Climate Change?
Chloroplasts: The Site of Photosynthesis
The Process of Photosynthesis

5.4 How High Temperatures Might Reduce Photosynthesis

5.5 How We Can Slow Global Climate Change
Sounds Right, But Is It?
THE BIG QUESTION Should global warming be kept below 4°C?

UNIT TWO Genetics

6 Cancer

DNA Synthesis and Mitosis

6.1 What Is Cancer?
Tumors Can Be Cancerous
Risk Factors for Cancer

6.2 Passing Genes and Chromosomes to Daughter Cells
Genes and Chromosomes
DNA Replication

6.3 The Cell Cycle and Mitosis

6.4 Cancer Prevention, Detection, and Treatment
Tumor Suppressors Help Prevent Cancer
Cancer Detection
Cancer Treatment
Sounds Right, But Is It?
THE BIG QUESTION Can I prevent myself from getting cancer?

7 Fertility

Meiosis and Human Reproduction

7.1 Producing Sperm and Eggs: Meiosis
Meiosis I
Meiosis II

7.2 Problems with Meiosis and Lowered Fertility

7.3 Bringing Sperm and Egg Together
Male Reproductive Anatomy
Female Reproductive Anatomy
Sounds Right, But Is It?
THE BIG QUESTION Does marijuana use impair fertility?

8 Does Testing Save Lives?

Mendelian Genetics

8.1 The Inheritance of Traits
Genes and Chromosomes
Producing Diversity in Offspring

8.2 Basic Mendelian Genetics: When the Role of Genes Is Clear
Genotype and Phenotype
Genetic Diseases in Humans
Using Punnett Squares to Predict Offspring Genotypes

8.3 Extensions of Mendelian Genetics

8.4 Sex and Inheritance
Sex Determination and X-Linkage
Sounds Right, But Is It?
THE BIG QUESTION Should there be universal screening for killer diseases?

9 Biology of Wrongful Convictions

Complex Genetic Traits, Heritability, and DNA Profiling

9.1 Eyewitness Testimony and Complex Genetic Traits
Polygenic Traits
Quantitative Traits

9.2 Genes, Criminality, and Implicit Bias
Studying Nature versus Nurture
The Use and Misuse of Heritability
Implicit Bias

9.3 Positive Identification
DNA Profiling
Polymerase Chain Reaction
Sounds Right, But Is It?
The Big Question Should the death penalty be abolished in the United States?

10 Genetically Modified Organisms

Gene Expression, Mutation, Stem Cells, and Cloning

10.1 Protein Synthesis and Gene Expression
From Gene to Protein
Gene Expression

10.2 Producing Recombinant Proteins
Cloning a Gene Using Bacteria
FDA Regulations

10.3 Genetically Modified Plants and Animals
Modifying Crop Plants
Modifying Animals
Gene Editing Using CRISPR in Plants and Animals

10.4 Genetically Modified Humans
Stem Cells
Gene Therapy
Gene Editing in Humans
Cloning Humans
Sounds Right, But Is It?
THE BIG QUESTION Should anti-GMO activists give up the fight?

UNIT THREE Evolution

11 Where Did We Come From?

The Evidence for Evolution

11.1 What Is Evolution?
The Process of Evolution
The Theory of Evolution

11.2 Charles Darwin and the Theory of Evolution
Early Views of Evolution
The Voyage of the Beagle
Developing the Hypothesis of Common Descent
Alternative Ideas on the Origins and Relationships among Organisms

11.3 Examining the Evidence for Common Descent
Linnaean Classification
Anatomical Homology
Developmental Homologies
Molecular Homology
The Fossil Record

11.4 Are Alternatives to the Theory of Evolution Equally Valid?
Weighing the Alternatives
The Best Scientific Explanation for the Diversity of Life
Sounds Right, But Is It?
THE BIG QUESTION Should high school biology teachers be required to "teach the controversy"?

12 An Evolving Enemy

Natural Selection

12.1 Return of a Killer
What Is Tuberculosis?
Treatment-and Treatment Failure

12.2 Natural Selection Causes Evolution
Darwin's Observations
Darwin's Inference: Natural Selection Causes Evolution
Testing Natural Selection

12.3 Natural Selection Since Darwin
The Modern Synthesis
The Subtleties of Natural Selection
Patterns of Selection

12.4 Natural Selection and Human Health
Tuberculosis Fits Darwin's Observations
Selecting for Drug Resistance
Stopping Drug Resistance
Can Natural Selection Save Us from Superbugs?
Sounds Right, But Is It?
THE BIG QUESTION Should I stop purchasing meats that are raised using antibiotics? Review

13 Understanding Race

Speciation and Macroevolution

13.1 What Is a Species?
The Biological Species Concept
Isolation and Divergence of Gene Pools
The Evolution of Reproductive Isolation

13.2 Are Human Races Biological?
The History of Human Races
The Morphological Species Concept
Modern Humans: A History
Genetic Evidence of Divergence
Human Races Are Not Isolated Biological Groups
Human Races Have Never Been Truly Isolated

13.3 Why Human Groups Differ
Natural Selection
Convergent Evolution
Genetic Drift
Sexual Selection
Assortative Mating
Sounds Right, But Is It?
THE BIG QUESTION Are affirmative action policies that favor black students applying for college admission good public policy?

14 The Greatest Species on Earth?

Biodiversity and Classification

14.1 Biological Classification
How Many Species Exist?
Domains of Life

14.2 The Diversity of Life
The Domains Bacteria and Archaea
The Origin of the Domain Eukarya
The Protista
Kingdom Animalia
Kingdom Fungi
Kingdom Plantae
Not Quite Living: Viruses

14.3 Learning about Species
Reconstructing Evolutionary History
The Greatest Species on Earth
Sounds Right, But Is It?
THE BIG QUESTION Should lab mice and rats have the same rights as other nonhuman animals?


15 Is the Human Population Too Large?

Population Ecology

15.1 Population Growth
Population Structure
Exponential Population Growth
The Demographic Transition

15.2 Limits to Population Growth
Carrying Capacity and Logistic Growth
Earth's Carrying Capacity for Humans

15.3 The Future of the Human Population
A Possible Population Crash?
Avoiding Disaster
Sounds Right, But Is It?
THE BIG QUESTION Should the international community continue to provide food aid to populations experiencing food crises?

16 Conserving Biodiversity

Community and Ecosystem Ecology

16.1 The Sixth Extinction
Measuring Extinction Rates
Causes of Extinction

16.2 The Consequences of Extinction
Loss of Resources
Predation, Mutualism, and Competition
Energy and Chemical Flows
Psychological Effects

16.3 Saving Species
Protecting Habitat
Small Populations Are Vulnerable
Conservation Genetics
Protecting Biodiversity versus Meeting Human Needs
Sounds Right, But Is It?
THE BIG QUESTION Is wind power good or bad for birds?

17 The Human Footprint

Climate and Biomes

17.1 Climate Determines Habitability
Global Temperature and Precipitation Patterns
Local Influences on Climate

17.2 Terrestrial Biomes and the Human Footprint
Forests and Shrublands

17.3 Aquatic Biomes and the Human Footprint
Sounds Right, But Is It?
THE BIG QUESTION Can my actions make a difference on global environmental issues?

Appendix: Metric System Conversions

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