Biology for Dummies
Ever wondered how the food you eat becomes the energy your body needs to keep going? If DNA is a set of instructions in your cells, how does it tell ... Show synopsis Ever wondered how the food you eat becomes the energy your body needs to keep going? If DNA is a set of instructions in your cells, how does it tell your cells what to do? How does your brain know what your feet are doing? The theory of evolution says that humans and chimps descended from a common ancestor, but does it tell us how and why? We humans are insatiably curious creatures who can't help wondering how things work - starting with our own bodies. Wouldn't it be great to have a single source of quick answers to all our questions about how living things work? Now there is. From molecules to animals, cells to ecosystems, "Biology For Dummies" answers all your questions about how living things work. Written in plain English and packed with dozens of illustrations, quick-reference "Cheat Sheets" and helpful tables and diagrams, it can get you quickly up to speed on what you need to know to: Understand how cells workGe t a handle on the chemi stry of lifeFind out how food becomes energyGet to know your body's systemsDecode the secrets of DNAFind out what evolution is and isn't and how it worksTake a peek into the lives of bacteriaExplore how viruses do their thing Most basic biology books take a very round about approach, dividing things up according to different types of organisms. "Biology For Dummies" cuts right to the chase with fast-paced, easy-to-absorb explanations of the life processes common to all organisms. Topics covered include: How plants and animals get nutrientsHow organisms transport nutrients and expel wasteHow nutrients are transformed into energyHow energy is used to sustain lifeHow organisms breatheHow organisms reproduceHow organisms evolve into new life-formsHow organisms create ecosystems With this engaging guide in your corner, you'll get a grip on complex biology concepts and unlock the mysteries of how life works in no time - no advanced degrees required.