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An Interactive Introduction to Organismal and Molecular Biology

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Andrea Bierema, Michigan State University

Copyright Year: 2021

ISBN 13: 9781626101067

Publisher: Michigan State University

Language: English

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Reviewed by Jaimie Powell, Biology Instructor, Blue Mountain Community College on 9/1/22

I think the title is a bit misleading. Most of the chapters in the "Organismal Biology" section are about ecology (e.g., Biodiversity, Population Growth, Species Interactions). The "Reproduction" chapter is primarily about cell division and... read more

Table of Contents

  • I. Introduction to Science
    • 1. Nature of Science
    • 2. Scientific Controversies
    • 3. Information Communication
    • 4. Stakeholders and Authority
    • 5. Bibliographies
  • II. Organismal Biology
    • 6. Introduction to Ecology
    • 7. Biodiversity
    • 8. Systems Thinking and the Carbon Cycle
    • 9. Climate Change
    • 10. Species Interactions
    • 11. Population Growth
    • 12. Evolution
    • 13. Phylogenetic Trees: Modeling Evolution
  • III. Molecular Biology
    • 14. Introduction to Molecular Biology
    • 15. Protein Structure and Function
    • 16. Protein Synthesis Overview
    • 17. Protein Synthesis I: Transcription
    • 18. Protein Synthesis II: RNA Processing
    • 19. Protein Synthesis III: RNA Interference
    • 20. Protein Synthesis IV: Translation
    • 21. Protein Synthesis V: Additional Regulation
    • 22. Genetic Engineering

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About the Book

This "textbook" is interactive, meaning that although each chapter has text, they also have interactive HTML5 content, such as quizzes, simulations, interactive videos, and images with clickable hotspots. Students receive instant feedback when they complete the interactive content, and therefore, can learn and check their understanding all in one place. The first unit introduces students to the nature of science, including scientific controversies, and information literacy, including how to analyze literature and identify stakeholders. Unit 2 is organismal biology, including carbon cycling and population growth, and unit 3 is molecular biology with a focus on gene expression.

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