Biology: Science for Life, 6th edition

  • Colleen Belk, 
  • Virginia Borden Maier

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Biology: Science for Life weaves a compelling storyline throughout each chapter, grabbing your attention with current high-interest topics such as genetic testing, global warming and the Zika virus. With this approach, you'll learn the relevant biological principles behind each story and how science can help answer complex questions.

New and updated stories in the 6th Edition make biology concepts relevant and interesting by connecting them to stories you see in the news and decisions you make every day. And with The Big Question feature, you'll practice using data to critically evaluate information. Even if you don't plan to become a practicing biologist, you'll develop critical thinking skills you can use in making decisions about issues that affect your own life, including personal, social and ecological issues.

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

ISBN-13: 9780135214084

Subject: Biology

Category: Biology for non-majors


Biology: Science for Life is available in the following versions:

  • Biology: Science for Life with Physiology contains Chapters 1-26
  • Biology: Science for Life contains Chapters 1-17
  1. Can Science Cure the Common Cold?


  1. Science Fiction, Bad Science, and Pseudoscience
  2. Is It Possible to Supplement Your Way to Better Performance and Health?
  3. Body Weight and Health
  4. Life in the Greenhouse


  1. Cancer
  2. Fertility
  3. Does Testing Save Lives
  4. Biology of Wrongful Convictions
  5. Genetically Modified Organisms


  1. Where Did We Come From
  2. An Evolving Enemy
  3. Understanding Race
  4. The Greatest Species on Earth?


  1. Is the Human Population Too Large?
  2. Conserving Biodiversity
  3. The Human Footprint


  1. Organ Donation
  2. Binge Drinking
  3. Clearing the Air
  4. Vaccination: Protection and Prevention or Peril?
  5. Human Sex Diffrences
  6. Toxic Stress
  7. Study Drugs: Brain Boost or Brain Drain?


  1. Feeding the World
  2. Growing a Green Thumb


  • Metric System Conversions
  • Answers
  • Credits

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