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The perfect balance of science and story—written with NGSS in mind

Brief chapters are written to teach science through engaging stories, combining compelling science with intriguing anecdotes. The Second High School Edition features NEW stories on exciting topics such as battling antibiotic-resistant superbugs and the human microbiome, and coverage of the course’s most important content areas. Biology Now is written by an author team made up of a science writer and three experienced teachers. Pedagogy in the book and online encourages students to think critically, engage with biology in the world around them, and tie concepts they learn to the Next Generation Science Standards.

 

Table of Contents

UNIT 1: SCIENCE

The Nature of Science: Caves of Death

Applying the Science: A Critical Choice

UNIT 2: CELLS

Chemistry of Life: Ingredients of Life

Life is Cellular: Engineering Life

How Cells Work: Rock Eaters NEW STORY

Cell Division: Toxic Plastic

UNIT 3: GENETICS

Patterns of Inheritance: Dog Days of Science

Chromosomes and Hum Genetics: A Deadly Inheritance

What Genes Are: Choice Cuts NEW STORY

How Genes Work: Tobacco’s New Leaf

UNIT 4: EVOLUTION

Evidence for Evolution: Whale Hunting

Mechanisms of Evolution: Battling Resistance

Adaptation and Species: Fast Lizards, Slow Corals

UNIT 5: BIODIVERSITY

The History of Life: The First Bird

NEW CHAPTER Bacteria and Archaea: Navel Gazing

NEW CHAPTER Plants, Fungi, and Protists: The Dirt on Black-Market Plants

Animals and Human Evolution: Neanderthal Sex NEW STORY

UNIT 6: ECOLOGY

General Principles of Ecology: Amazon on Fire

Growth of Populations: Zika-Busting Mosquitos NEW STORY

Communities of Organisms: Of Wolves and Trees

Ecosystems: Here and Gone

UNIT 7: PHYSIOLOGY

Homeostasis, Reproduction, and Development: Baby Bust

Digestive, Muscular, and Skeletal Systems: The Sunshine Vitamin

Circulatory, Respiratory, Urinary, and Nervous Systems: Body (Re)Building

Endocrine and Immune Systems: Testing the Iceman

Plant Physiology: Amber Waves of Grain