Biology: Concepts and Applications (8th Edition) by Cecie Starr, Christine Evers, Lisa Starr

By Cecie Starr, Christine Evers, Lisa Starr

Should still there be caution labels on quickly meals? should still SUV drivers pay additional taxes? may still employers be allowed to require drug trying out of potential staff? This introductory biology textual content is helping you study the method of technology and easy organic ideas whereas encouraging you to contemplate serious concerns. New "Take domestic Messages" assist you take hold of key ideas whereas particular good points just like the bankruptcy establishing case reviews and "How could You Vote?" questions make the cloth come to existence. New "Figure It Out" questions in lots of illustrations assist you comprehend the recommendations communicated within the figures and the hot facts research actions on the finish of each bankruptcy develop your analytical abilities. This publication has been extensively praised for transparent and interesting writing, artwork with step by step callouts, and tremendous aid from pupil media that each one interact that can assist you "get" biology.

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Form a hypothesis Observe some aspect of nature Hangover symptoms vary in severity. 2. Test the hypothesis Think of an explanation for the observation (a hypothesis) Eating artichokes reduces the severity of hangover symptoms. Make a prediction based on the hypothesis If eating artichokes reduces the severity of hangover symptoms, then taking artichoke extract will reduce the severity of a hangover after drinking alcohol. Test the prediction (experiments or surveys) During a party at which alcohol is served, administer artichoke extract to half of the people who are drinking.

For example, information encoded in an organism’s DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) guides the ongoing metabolic activities that sustain the individual through its lifetime. Such activities include growth: increases in cell number, size, and volume; development: the process by which the first cell of a new individual becomes a multicelled adult; and reproduction: processes by which parents produce offspring. Individuals of every natural population are alike in certain aspects of their body form and behavior, an outcome of shared information encoded in DNA.

We have encountered only a fraction of the organisms that live on Earth, in part because we have explored only a fraction of its inhabited regions. 2 Biologists think about life at different levels of organization. Emergent properties appear at successively higher levels. Life emerges at the cellular level. All matter consists of atoms, which combine as molecules. Organisms are individuals that consist of one or more cells. Cells of larger multicelled organisms are organized as tissues, organs, and organ systems.

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