ISBN13:978-0495015963 ISBN10: 0495015962 This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-0495125556 ISBN10: 0495125555
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Each chapter opens with "Impacts, Issues"--a brief, interesting essay about a biology-related issue or research finding that relates to the chapter topic. Topics include the obesity epidemic, unregulated food supplements, hormone disrupters in food and water supplies, and the effects of Ecstasy on the nervous system. The chapter discussions show students...show more how understanding basic concepts of human biology can help them think critically and make informed decisions.
Step by step art, also animated on ThomsonNOW for Human Biology, introduces and reinforces important concepts. Visual learners use diagrams with step-by-step summaries within the diagram as a preview of text topics. The art program--including vivid illustrations, photographs, and micrographs--highlights every major body system and function in human biology. New diagrams illustrate such topics as the shell model, organ systems, and controls over glucose homeostasis. Through ThomsonNOW, students can access narrated animations of hundreds of the illustrations in the book. An "Animated!" notation next to a figure number directs them to the animated or interactive version.
Key icons with cross-references to earlier sections help students find relevant information when they need it. For example, Section 8.1 focuses on blood as a mix of watery plasma, blood cells, and platelets. The linking icons in the margin remind students that they learned about water's key biological roles in Section 2.6, and about various proteins, including albumin, in Section 2.11.
Key terms (bolded and in colored type) are integrated into chapter summaries
Each section is introduced with a short "set the conceptual stage" transition in colored type providing a clear, easy-to-follow conceptual roadmap.
Innovative new learning aids appear in a streamlined format. "The Big Picture" is an illustration that runs across the lower third of each chapter opener, introducing the chapter's 3 or 4 basic concepts.
There is an emphasis on critical thinking in Chapter One, along with a complete discussion of the scientific method and its applications to everyday life. And, throughout the 6th edition there are Critical Thinking Questions, enhanced with art to help students distinguish between concepts.
There are separate chapters on the skeletal system, muscular system, blood, and the circulatory system.
DNA, genes, and genetic engineering are integrated into a single, succinct chapter appropriate to the one-semester non-majors human biology course.
In-depth treatment of the Human Genome Project brings students up to date on the major developments in human biology.
1. Learning About Human Biology. 2. Molecules of Life. 3. Cells and How They Work. 4. Tissues, Organs Systems, and Homeostasis. 5. The Skeletal System. 6. The Muscular System. 7. Digestion and Nutrition. 8. Blood. 9. Circulation--The Heart and Blood Vessels. 10. Immunity. 11. The Respiratory System. 12. The Urinary System. 13. The Nervous System. 14. Sensory Systems. 15. The Endocrine System. 16. Reproductive Systems. 17. Development and Aging. 18. Life at Risk: Infectious Disease. 19. Cell Reproduction. 20. Observable Patterns of Inheritance. 21. Chromosomes and Human Genetics. 22. DNA, Genes, and Biotechnology. 23. Genes and Disease: Cancer. 24. Principles of Evolution. 25. Ecology and Human Concerns. Appendices. I. Concepts in Cell Metabolism. II. Periodic Table of the Elements. III. Units of Measure. IV. Answers to Genetics Problems. V. Answers to Self-Quizzes. VI. Key to Critical Thinking Questions. Glossary of Biological Terms. Index. Applications Index.
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