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Jim Morris on the Organization of the Molecular Chapters
Jim Morris on Structure and Function
"I like the chapter's focus on the essentials, and inclusion of molecular biology. This chapter builds the central dogma as a starting point, which is a nice way to approach it. "
—Morris Maduro, University of California, Riverside
"Overall, my impression of this chapter is very good...easy to read and follow. A nice touch is the explanation the difference between carbon atoms and their electrons in glucose and those in CO₂. This is not often seen in textbooks, students are expected
to sort of magically accept that when electrons are removed from glucose and go into NADH, the carbon has lost electrons. This should help them a lot."
—Peter Kourtev, Central Michigan University
Missy Holbrook on CAM and C4 Coverage
Missy Holbrook on the Calvin Cycle and the Light Reactions of Photosynthesis
"I found the chapter engaging and informative, and consistent with the authors intentions of stripping the information presented down to its essential elements without a blizzard of terminology to confuse students."
—John Flaspohler, Concordia College
Dan Hartl on Cases- Your Personal Genome
Dan Hartl on the Organization of the Genetics Chapters
"I am very impressed with the fact that this chapter combines both DNA replication & manipulation. They are intimately related with respect to molecular biology. Having them together will likely help students understand the applicability of DNA replication
to modern biology research."
—Tim Christensen, East Carolina University
"The addition and multiplication rule is usually the hardest to understand and grasp. This text illustrates this concept well as the figures contain pea pods with different probabilities listed for each pea. It gives the student a visual way to learn
as well as gives easy-to-follow examples."
—Tracie Delgado, Northwest University
"This chapter explains the profound in simple terms with large amount of interesting examples, which could be the best one among all the ones that I have read."
—Min Zhong, Auburn University
Andrew Berry on Human Evolution
"This chapter has it all: strong, engaging narrative; examples of research and science as a process; integration of concepts from other chapters."
—Erik Scully, Towson University
Andrew Knoll on Ecology Coverage in Ch 25 and 26
"This is my favorite chapter of the book...It is NOVEL, I haven't seen anything like it in any other Intro Bio book. It is HIGHLY SYNTHETIC. The section on adhesion/communication/development beautifully synthesizes evolution and cellular function, and
the section comparing multicellularity in plants vs. animals beautifully synthesizes development and anatomy."
—Peter Armbruster, Georgetown University
Missy Holbrook on the Plant Chapters
"I like the chapter. It conveys important information without being overly technical. It covers the major points and omits the minutia."
—John DuBois, Middle Tennessee State University
Andy Knoll on the Coverage and Organization of Physiology and Diversity
Jim Morris on Animal Physiology
"There is no way this chapter is written just to memorize facts. It is written in a way to present facts but in a way that actually gives you the details and the facts to understand rather than memorize."
—Raul Galvan, South Texas College
"I like the chapter. It is able to get through a great deal of diversity without the reader feeling that they are just clicking through groups."
—Andrea Ward, Adelphi University
Andrew Knoll on Coverage and Organization of the Ecology Chapters
"The writing style is excellent. The manner in which the math is discussed is a definite improvement over the majority of texts. "
—Troy Ladine, East Texas Baptist University
Andy Knoll on Chapter 49