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Biology Trending
A Contemporary Issues Approach

  • Available for pre-order on June 13, 2023. Item will ship after July 4, 2023
ISBN 9781032488042
July 4, 2023 Forthcoming by CRC Press
740 Pages 306 Color & 18 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Biology Trending is a truly innovative introductory biology text. Designed to combine the teaching of biological concepts within the context of current societal issues, Biology Trending encourages introductory biology students to think critically about the role that science plays in their world. This book features many current and relevant topics, including sea level changes and ocean acidification, CRISPR/Cas9, opioid abuse, Zika, Ebola, and COVID-19, threats to biodiversity, and cancer immunotherapies. It is accompanied by digital Instructor and Student Resources to support teaching and learning.

Key Features

  • Adopts an "issues approach" to teaching introductory biology
  • Up-to-date sections throughout, including climate change, CRISPR, new hominids, COVID-19, and new cancer therapies, among many others
  • Suitable for both majors and non-majors courses
  • More succinct for ease in teaching and more affordable for students
  • High-quality illustrations help to elucidate key concepts

This book is extended and enhanced through a range of digital resources that include:

  • Longform and open-response self-testing resources to test understanding and apply knowledge
  • Visual simulations to demonstrate evolutionary processes
  • Weblinks and bibliographic resources to expand knowledge
  • Time-saving instructor resources such as PowerPoint slides; Activity and assignment ideas and comprehensive lesson plan

Related Titles
Bard, J.  Evolution: The Origins and Mechanisms of Diversity (ISBN 9780367357016).
Prothero, D.  Vertebrate Evolution: From Origins to Dinosaurs and Beyond (ISBN 9780367473167)
Johnson, N. A.  Darwin’s Reach: 21st Century Applications of Evolutionary Biology (ISBN 9781138587397)

Table of Contents

1. Biology, Science, and Society
2. Genes, Chromosomes, and DNA
3. Human Genetics and Gene Expression
4. Genetic Engineering and Genomics
5. Evolution
6. Classifying Nature's Diversity
7. Human Variation
8. Nutrition, Ciculation, and Health
9. Population and Reproduction
10. Stem Cells, Cell Division, and Cancer
11. The Nervous System and Senses
12. Aging and Alzheimer's Disease
13. Drugs and Addiction
14. Mind, Body, and Immunity
15. HIV and AIDS
16. New Infectious Threats
17. Plants to Feed the World
18. Biodiversity and Threatened Habitats
19. Climate Change and Other Threats to the Biosphere

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Eli C. Minkoff is Professor Emeritus of Biology at Bates College and Adjunct Professor at Worcester State University. He received his bachelor's degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Columbia University and his MA and PhD from Harvard University. Dr. Minkoff has published several books as well as many articles in scholarly journals and encyclopedic reference works.  His main field of research is the evolutionary biology of primates and other mammals.

Jennifer K. Hood-De-Grenier is Professor and Chair of Biology at Worcester State University. She received her bacherlor’s degree from Williams College and her PhD from Harvard University.  She is a cell and molecular biologist with interests in genetics, biochemistry, cancer biology, and science writing. She has published in the areas of nuclear transport, cell cycle control, cell morphology, and biology education.