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The Handy Biology Answer Book (Handy Answer Books)by Patricia Barnes Svarney
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Gene therapy. Forensic DNA profiling. Biochemistry. Biotechnology. Cloning. Stem Cells. Super Bugs. Genetically modified food. Botany. Zoology. Sex. The study of life and living organisms is ancient, broad and ongoing. Biology combines the Greek word for life, bios, with the suffix -ology, or science/study/knowledge of. The new, completely revised and updated The Handy Biology Answer Book, examines, explains, and traces mankind's understanding of this important topic.
This handy reference is the go-to guide for students and the more learned alike. It answers questions in plain English on all aspects of human, animal, plant, and microbial biology. It also introduces the scientists behind the breathtaking advances. Easy to use and a friendly reference source, The Handy Biology Answer Book explains the workings of cell structures, bacteria, viruses, fungi, plant and animal characteristics and diversity, endangered plants and animals, evolution, adaption and the environment, DNA and chromosomes, genetics and genetic engineering, laboratory techniques, and much more.
From the newsworthy to the practical and from the medical to the historical, this entertaining and informative book brings the complexity of life into focus through the well-researched answers to more than 1,250 common biology questions, such as
What is life?
How many different species are on Earth?
Why do you need protein in your diet?
Why is stem cell research controversial?
Do animals suffer from allergies just like humans?
What is the Human Genome Project?
Why do birds fly in formation?
Can the environment affect genes?
Whats the difference between antibiotics and antibacterials?
Do bacteria get addicted to caffeine?
What famous childrens author studied and drew illustrations of fungi?
How is a fairy ring formed?
What was the historical significance of hemp?
How are seedless grapes grown?
What is the most expensive spice in the world?
What is social Darwinism?
What do the numbers inside the recycling symbol on plastic containers mean?
Is IQ genetically controlled?
What are vitamins and minerals?
Why are carbohydrates a major part of the human diet?
Can animals suffer from psychological disorders?
About the Author
Patricia Barnes-Svarney is a science and science fiction writer. Over the past few decades, she has written or coauthored more than 35 books, including Visible Ink Press The Handy Dinosaur Answer Book, The Handy Math Answer Book, and The Handy Ocean Answer Book. She is the author of When the Earth Moves: Rogue Earthquakes, Tremors, and Aftershocks, and she was also the editor/author of the award-winning New York Public Library Science Desk Reference.
Thomas E. Svarney is a scientist who has written extensively about the natural world. His books, with Patricia Barnes-Svarney, include Visible Ink Press The Handy Dinosaur Answer Book, The Handy Math Answer Book, and The Handy Ocean Answer Book, and he is also the author of Skies of Fury: Weather Weirdness around the World and The Oryx Guide to Natural History.
They live in Endicott, New York.
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