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  • Paperback + Digital Product License Key Folder
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $98.00
  • June 2017
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-64414-2
  • 576 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.
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    Biology Now

    Paperback + Digital Product License Key Folder

    with Ebook, InQuizitive, and Smartwork5

    Anne Houtman (Author, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology), Megan Scudellari (Author), Cindy Malone (Author, California State University - Northridge), Anu Singh-Cundy (Author, Western Washington University)


    A balance of science and story, with a focus on the people doing biology now.

    Written by a science journalist and teachers with over thirty years experience in the classroom, Biology Now skillfully blends core biology concepts with popular science stories of real people doing science today. These stories capture the human face of biology, highlighting the work of researchers and medical professionals who are making new discoveries every day. The text is accompanied by a wealth of carefully crafted pedagogy that teaches students how to analyze science in the news, interpret data, ask questions, and distinguish between science and pseudoscience.


    The perfect balance of science and story

    Every chapter of Biology Now is structured around a popular science story that motivates students to read and stimulates their curiosity about biological concepts. Each story is then seamlessly integrated with the science throughout the chapter. So, students are introduced to genetics in the context of the Dog Genome Project (Chapter 6), develop a mastery of cell division through the lens of the dangers of BPA in plastics (Chapter 5), build an understanding of chemistry from the perspective of Craig Venter’s work to create synthetic life (Chapter 2), and much more. Each chapter opens with a section called “After Reading this Chapter You Should Be Able To…” These learning outcomes highlight the key concepts that students will be engaged with throughout the chapter and then a “Reviewing the Science” section provides them with an opportunity to check their learning.  

    A focus on the people doing science now

    Biology Now illuminates the human aspect of science by focusing on real people¬—from medical professionals and researches to entrepreneurs and biotech employees—who ask questions, perform research, and make discoveries in the real world. Every chapter features direct quotes drawn from first-person interviews conducted specifically for this book, photos of each subject’s story, and “Cast of Character” bios with sketches and overviews of the scientists involved. 

    An inquiry-based approach that builds science skills—asking questions, thinking visually, and interpreting data

    Almost every figure in the book is accompanied by three critical thinking questions that promote understanding by encouraging engagement with the text’s visual content. Answers are provided at the back of the book, making these questions a useful self-study tool. Extensive end-of-chapter questions conform to Bloom’s Taxonomy: “The Basics” questions review the fundamental concepts covered in the text, “Try Something New” questions challenge students to think critically and synthesize concepts, and “Leveling Up” questions provide distinctive real-world questions that instructors can assign as projects, or students can answer on their own. 

    Engaging infographics

    Each chapter features a data-driven infographic that exposes students to scientific data in an accessible way. Topics include genetic diseases affecting Americans (Chapter 7), the correlation gap between genome size and organism complexity (Chapter 6), and many more.  

      1. The Nature of Science: Caves of Death

      Unit 1: Cells
      2. Chemistry of Life: Ingredients for Life
      3. Life is Cellular: Engineering Life
      4. How Cells Work: Pond Scum to Jet Fuel
      5. Cell Division: Toxic Plastic

      Unit 2: Genetics
      6. Patterns of Inheritance: Dog Days of Science
      7. Chromosomes and Human Genetics: A Deadly Inheritance
      8. What Genes Are: Killer Spinach, Deadly Sprouts
      9. How Genes Work: Tobacco’s New Leaf

      Unit 3: Evolution
      10. Evidence for Evolution: Whale Hunting
      11. Mechanisms of Evolution: The Menace of VRSA
      12. Adaptation and Species: Fast Lizards, Slow Corals
      13. The History of Life: The First Bird
      14. Human Evolution: Neanderthal Sex

      Unit 4: Ecology
      15. General Principles of Ecology: Amazon on Fire
      16. Growth of Populations: China’s One-Child Policy Grows Up
      17. Communities of Organisms: Of Wolves and Trees
      18. Ecosystems: Here and Gone

      Unit 5: Physiology
      19. Homeostasis, Reproduction, and Development: Baby Bust

      20. Digestive, Muscular, and Skeletal Systems: The Sunshine Vitamin

      21. Circulatory, Respiratory, Urinary, and Nervous Systems: Body (Re)Building

      22. Endocrine and Immune Systems: Testing the Iceman

      23. Plant Physiology: Amber Waves of Grain

      24. Applying the Science: A Critical Choice