An updated edition of the ultimate guide to understanding biology
Ever wondered how the food you eat becomes the energy your body needs to keep going? The theory of evolution says that humans and chimps descended from a common ancestor, but does it tell us how and why? We humans are insatiably curious creatures who can't help wondering how things work — starting with our own bodies. Wouldn't it be great to have a single source of quick answers to all our questions about how living things work? Now there is.
From molecules to animals, cells to ecosystems, Biology For Dummies, 2nd Edition answers all your questions about how living things work.
Whether you're currently enrolled in a biology class or just want to know more about this fascinating and ever-evolving field of study, this engaging guide will give you a grip on complex biology concepts and unlock the mysteries of how life works in no time.
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The fast and easy way to understand biology
From molecules to animals, cells to ecosystems, this friendly guide answers all your questions about how living things work. Written in plain English and packed with helpful illustrations, tables, and diagrams, it cuts right to the chase with easy-to-absorb explanations of the life processes common to all organisms.
Biology 101 — get the lowdown on how life is studied and open a window on the world's organisms
Jump into the gene pool — discover how cell reproduction and genetics work, from making sense of Mendel's Law of Segregation to dealing with DNA
Explore the living world — find out how ecology and evolution are the glue that holds everything together
Let's get physical — peruse the principles of physiology to get a handle on animal structure and function
Go green — take a look at the life of plants and understand how they acquire energy, reproduce, and so much more
Open the book and find:
Plain-English explanations of how living matter works
The parts and functions of cells
How food works as a source of energy
The 411 on reproduction and genetics
Fascinating facts about DNA technology
The biology of bacteria and viruses
How humans affect the circle of life
An overview of human anatomy
Innate human defenses (and adaptive ones, too!)
Identify and dissect the many structures and functions of plants and animals
Grasp the latest discoveries in evolutionary, reproductive, and ecological biology
Think like a biologist and use scientific methods
Rene Fester Kratz, PhD, is a Biology Instructor at Everett Community College and a member of the North Cascades and Olympic Science Partnership.
Donna Rae Siegfried has been published in Prevention, Runner's World, Men's Health, and Organic Gardening.
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