Biology Essentials For Dummies

John Wiley & Sons

Just the core concepts you need to score high in your biology course

Biology Essentials For Dummies focuses on just the core concepts you need to succeed in an introductory biology course. From identifying the structures and functions of plants and animals to grasping the crucial discoveries in evolutionary, reproductive, and ecological biology, this easy-to-follow guide lets you skip the suffering and score high at exam time.

  • Get down to basics — master the fundamentals, from understanding what biologists study to how living things are classified

  • The chemistry of life — find out what you need to know about atoms, elements, molecules, compounds, acids, bases, and more

  • Conquer and divide — discover the ins and outs of asexual and sexual reproduction, including cell division and DNA replication

  • Jump into the gene pool — grasp how proteins make traits happen, and easily understand DNA transcription, RNA processing, translation, and gene regulation

Open the book and find:

  • An overview of cells and their substructures

  • Elementary chemistry

  • The key facts about reproduction and DNA

  • The 411 on energy and organisms

  • What you need to know about evolution

  • Coverage of ecosystems and populations

  • Ten great biology discoveries

Learn:

  • Core concepts taught in an introductory biology course

  • The structures and functions of plants and animals

  • The key discoveries in evolutionary, reproductive, and ecological biology

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About the author

Rene Fester Kratz, PhD and Donna Rae Siegfried are the authors of Biology For Dummies.
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Publisher
John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
May 9, 2011
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Pages
192
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ISBN
9781118095829
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Features
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Language
English
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Genres
Science / General
Science / Life Sciences / Biology
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Rene Fester Kratz
Your hands-on study guide to the inner world of the cell

Need to get a handle on molecular and cell biology? This easy-to-understand guide explains the structure and function of the cell and how recombinant DNA technology is changing the face of science and medicine. You discover how fundamental principles and concepts relate to everyday life. Plus, you get plenty of study tips to improve your grades and score higher on exams!

Explore the world of the cell — take a tour inside the structure and function of cells and see how viruses attack and destroy them

Understand the stuff of life (molecules) — get up to speed on the structure of atoms, types of bonds, carbohydrates, proteins, DNA, RNA, and lipids

Watch as cells function and reproduce — see how cells communicate, obtain matter and energy, and copy themselves for growth, repair, and reproduction

Make sense of genetics — learn how parental cells organize their DNA during sexual reproduction and how scientists can predict inheritance patterns

Decode a cell's underlying programming — examine how DNA is read by cells, how it determines the traits of organisms, and how it's regulated by the cell

Harness the power of DNA — discover how scientists use molecular biology to explore genomes and solve current world problems

Open the book and find:

Easy-to-follow explanations of key topics

The life of a cell — what it needs to survive and reproduce

Why molecules are so vital to cells

Rules that govern cell behavior

Laws of thermodynamics and cellular work

The principles of Mendelian genetics

Useful Web sites

Important events in the development of DNA technology

Ten great ways to improve your biology grade

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