Biology Today: An Issues Approach

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Garland Science, 2001 - Medical - 718 pages
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Biology as a subject not only plays a major role within the scientific world but has broader implications that cross many boundaries. This work takes a modern and innovative approach to teaching introductory biology; it presents fundamental biological concepts within the context of current social issues. How do scientists affect our society at large? How are ethics and morals applied to the scientific world? Why are we racing to complete the human genome project, and who are we racing against? How do economic disparities between people and nations influence habitat destruction? Can plant science feed the world? Are the causes of cancer more genetic or environmental? The book seeks to help students think critically about these questions and to explore and assess the role that science plays in their world.
 

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Contents

Science and Ethics 2 Transcription and translation of genes 61
2
Science and Ethics
4
Genes Chromosomes and DNA
36
Chapter3 Human Genetics
70
Revolutionary Science Differs from Sexlinked traits
75
Scientists Often Consider Ethical Issues 20 associated with known genes
85
Ethical Questions Arise in Decisions about Other spinoff technologies
97
Evolution and Classification
122
Cancer
358
The Nervous System
408
cancer 358 The Brain Stores and Rehearses Messages
435
Cell Division is Closely Regulated in
445
Regulation of cell division 365
450
Cancers Have Complex Causes and Opiates and opiate receptors
466
We Can Treat Many Cancers and Lower behaviors
473
Drugs and Addiction 450
484

The Molecular Basis of Inheritance Further Thought
142
Human Variation
184
Human Variation
184
The Population Explosion
220
The Population Explosion
230
Sociobiology
266
Sociobiology
272
Nutrition and Health
314
Mind and Body
492
HIV and AIDS
534
Plants and Crops
580
Biodiversity and Threatened Habitats
634
Glossary
687
Credits 695
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Pamela J. Baker is Professor Biology at Bates College. Eli C. Minkoff is Professor of Biology at Bates College.

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