David Krogh  
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November 2013
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David Krogh’s Biology: A Guide to the Natural World leads readers on a memorable journey through the world of biology, using relevant examples, clearly-developed illustrations, and helpful insights that resonate with today’s students.

Widely-recognized as a book that students enjoy reading, the Fifth Edition has been thoroughly updated with new discussions on social concerns and health applications, along with streamlined chapter summaries and expanded review questions. To address different learning styles, the book’s clear illustrations and exercises are reinforced with a full suite of instructor resources.


  • Accessible writing style acts as a helpful companion that guides non-majors students through the subject of biology by placing unfamiliar biology topics in context with everyday life.
  • The Process of Science essays present scientific research and discovery with contemporary and historical topics of interest to students.
  • Strong Illustration Program guides students through structures and processes with clear three-dimensional detail; key information from the text is reinforced in the illustrations.
  • “So Far” Questions interspersed throughout each chapter give students a moment to reflect on what they have been reading and check understanding.
  • Instructor Resource DVD-ROM gives instructors access to all of their resources in one place; includes animations, an image bank containing every illustration and most of the photos from the text, PowerPoint® lecture and art slides, the Test Bank, Instructor’s Guide, BioFlix animations and Discovery Channel videos.

New to this Edition

  • 18 New Essays focus on social concerns and personal applications. New topics include “Using Photosynthesis to Fight Global Warming,” “Biotechnology Gets Personal” and “An Evolving Ability to Drink Milk.”
  • Expanded end-of-chapter Review Questions help students gain confidence before tackling the more challenging “Applying Your Knowledge” questions that require critical thinking and reasoning skills.
  • New Streamlined Chapter Summaries distill the key points from the chapter for quick review in preparation for class or before taking a test.
  • New chapter organization allows more flexibility for assigning full chapters to match course syllabi.
    • Separate Chapters on Plants (Ch. 24)andFungi (Ch. 22), with a re-positioned discussion on angiosperm anatomy and physiology in Chapter 24.
    • Separate Chapters on the Nervous System (Ch. 27) and the Endocrine System (Ch. 28) provide expanded coverage of the Endocrine system.
    • Combined Chapter (25) on Angiosperms has reduced the plant unit chapters from two to one.
  • Thorough Content Updates include:
    • Heavily Revised Immune System Chapter (Ch.29) provides up to date discussions on how the immune system works, promising advances in immune therapy, and two new high-interest essays (“Why is There No Vaccine for AIDS?” and “Unfounded Fears about Vaccination”).
    • New Coverage of Health and Medical Topics, from the intertwining of science and big business in the development of cancer drugs, to new research that explores endorphin release as a possible motivation for the use of tanning beds, and new information concerning the H1N1 virus.
    • Updated coverage of key topics such as genetic regulation, cell reprogramming, embryonic stem cells, origin of life theories, global climate change, and environmental issues.
    • Streamlined approach to Animal Phyla now looks across the phyla in four subject areas: reproduction, egg fertilization and protection, organs and circulation, and skeletons and molting.
  • New design creates a more visually appealing and accessible experience for students.

Table of Contents


1. Science as a Way of Learning: A Guide to the Natural World

2. Fundamental Building Blocks: Chemistry, Water, and pH

3. Life’s Components: Biological Molecules

4. Life’s Home: The Cell

5. Life’s Border: The Plasma Membrane

6. Life’s Mainspring: An Introduction to Energy

7. Vital Harvest: Deriving Energy from Food

8. The Green World’s Gift: Photosynthesis

9. The Links in Life’s Chain: Genetics and Cell Division

10. Preparing for Sexual Reproduction: Meiosis

11. The First Geneticist: Mendel and His Discoveries

12. Units of Heredity: Chromosomes and Inheritance

13. Passing On Life’s Information: DNA Structure and Replication

14. How Proteins Are Made: Genetic Transcription, Translation, and Regulation

15. The Future Isn’t What It Used to Be: Biotechnology

16. An Introduction to Evolution: Charles Darwin, Evolutionary Thought, and the Evidence for Evolution

17. The Means of Evolution: Microevolution

18. The Outcomes of Evolution: Macroevolution

19. A Slow Unfolding: The History of Life on Earth

20. Arriving Late, Traveling Far: The Evolution of Human Beings

21. Viruses, Bacteria, Archaea, and Protists: The Diversity of Life 1

22. Fungi: The Diversity of Life 2

23. Animals: The Diversity of Life 3

24. Plants: The Diversity of Life 4

25. The Angiosperms: Form and Function in Flowering Plants

26: Body Support and Movement: The Integumentary, Skeletal, and Muscular Systems

27. Communication and Control 1: The Nervous System

28 Communication and Control 2: The Endocrine System

29. Defending the Body: The Immune System

30. Transport and Exchange 1: Blood and Breath

31. Transport and Exchange 2: Digestion, Nutrition, and Elimination

32. An Amazingly Detailed Script: Animal Development

33. How the Baby Came to Be: Human Reproduction

34. An Interactive Living World 1: Populations in Ecology

35. An Interactive Living World 2: Communities in Ecology