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    Biofundamentals 2.0

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    Michael W. Klymkowsky, University of Colorado

    Melanie M. Cooper, Michigan State University

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    Publisher: Michael Klymkowsky, Melanie Cooper

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Cecilia Bouaichi, Teaching Assistant, Florida State University on 11/28/18

    Our professor has been instructing us as teaching assistants to really quiz the students on why they’re using specific reagents and why they’re performing certain techniques throughout each lab. Some students really have a hard time answering... read more

    Reviewed by Todd Kelson, Instructor, Brigham Young University Idaho on 3/27/18

    The textbook covers the main concepts of an Introductory Biology course. The audience it's designed for is appropriate for the content covered. With that being said, it is not meant to be a book that covers every topic in great detail. I would not... read more

    Reviewed by Nike Olabisi, Assistant Professor, University of Delaware on 2/1/18

    The book titled Biofundamentals is designed to engage introductory biology students on the core concepts in biology. It begins with an emphasis on how to approach scientific thinking to an analysis of individual points of view and political and... read more

    Reviewed by Seth Hunt, Preceptor, University of Delaware on 2/1/18

    The text is comprehensive in that it contains the general topics that are likely to be covered within one semester of an introductory biology course that includes molecular and cellular levels. The text broadly covers evolution, molecular basis... read more

    Reviewed by L.K. Tuominen, Community Faculty, Metropolitan State University on 6/20/17

    The text is intended for use as a two-semester introductory biology sequence. The authors address the nature of science and three main theories in biology – physicochemical basis of life, cell theory, and evolution. (Although not directly noted... read more

    Reviewed by Cheryl Neudauer, Biology Faculty, Minneapolis Community and Technical College on 12/5/16

    This ten-chapter, 220-page, pdf textbook covers many topics that are usually found in a general biology textbook. These include scientific thinking, life’s diversity and origins, evolution, reactions, membranes and energy, heredity, proteins,... 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

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    About the Book

    Our goal is to present the key observations andunifying concepts upon which modern biology isbased; it is not a survey of all biology! Onceunderstood, these foundational observations andconcepts should enable you to approach any biologicalprocess, from disease to kindness, from a scientificperspective.

    To understand biological systems we need toconsider them from two complementary perspectives;how they came to be (the historic, that is, evolutionary) and how their structures, traits, and behaviors areproduced (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

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