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The second edition of Biology: The Essentials epitomizes what the market has come to recognize as Mariëlle Hoefnagels’ distinct and student-friendly writing-style. Mariëlle presents up-to-date information through “What’s the Point?”, “Why We Care”, and “Burning Questions”—pedagogical tools designed to demonstrate to readers, and her own students, that biology is everywhere. Biology: The Essentials, 2nd Edition offers a broader and more conceptual introduction to biology, simplifying the more complex biological content to the essential elements that students need to act as framework for the details. 

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Unit 1: Science, Chemistry, and Cells
1. Scientific Study of Life
2. The Chemistry of Life
3. Cells
4. The Energy of Life
5. Photosynthesis
6. How Cells Release Energy
Unit 2: Biotechnology, Genetics, and Inheritance
7. DNA Structure and Gene Function
8. DNA Replication and Cell Division
9. Sexual Reproduction and Meiosis
10. Patterns of Inheritance
11. DNA Technology
Unit 3: Evolution and Diversity
12. Forces of Evolutionary Change
13. Evidence of Evolution
14. Speciation and Extinction
15. Evolution and Diversity of Microbial Life
16. Evolution and Diversity of Plants
17. Evolution and Diversity of Animals
Unit 4: Ecology
18. Populations
19. Communities and Ecosystems
20. Preserving Biodiversity
Unit 5: Plant Physiology
21. Plant Form and Function 22. Reproduction and Development of Flowering Plants Unit 6: Animal Physiology 23. Animal Tissues and Organ Systems
24. The Nervous System and the Senses
25. The Endocrine System
26. The Skeletal and Muscular Systems
27. The Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
28. The Digestive and Urinary Systems
29. The Immune System
30. Animal Reproduction and Development