Biofundamentals 2.0

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Michael Klymkowsky, University of Colorado
Melanie Cooper, Michigan State University

Pub Date: 2015

ISBN 13:

Publisher: Independent

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Reviewed by Cheryl Neudauer, Biology Faculty, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, on 12/6/2016.

This ten-chapter, 220-page, pdf textbook covers many topics that are usually found in a general biology textbook. These include scientific thinking, … read more


Table of Contents


  • Chapter 1. Understanding science & thinking scientifically
  • Chapter 2: Life’s diversity and origins
  • Chapter 3: Evolutionary mechanisms and the diversity of life
  • Chapter 4. Social evolution and sexual selection
  • Chapter 5. Molecular interactions, thermodynamics & reaction coupling
  • Chapter 6. Membrane boundaries and capturing energy
  • Chapter 7. The molecular nature of heredity
  • Chapter 8. Peptide bonds, polypeptides and proteins
  • Chapter 9. Genomes, genes, and regulatory networks
  • Chapter 10. Social systems

About the Book

Our goal is to present the key observations and unifying concepts upon which modern biology is based; it is not a survey of all biology! Once understood, these foundational observations and concepts should enable you to approach any biological process, from disease to kindness, from a scientific perspective. 

To understand biological systems we need to consider them from two complementary perspectives; how they came to be (the historic, that is, evolutionary) and how their structures, traits, and behaviors are produced (the mechanistic, that is, the physicochemical).

About the Contributors


Michael W. Klymkowsky, PhD is a biology professor at University of Colorado. Over the past few decades, his interests have evolved from membrane-enveloped bacterial viruses, through acetylcholine receptor structure and synaptic assembly, to the organization and function of the cytoskeleton, specifically intermediate filaments and the role of adhesion proteins in the regulation of gene expression.

Melanie M. Cooper is a professor in the Chemistry department at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI