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Molecules of Life
Images of Biological Molecules
What is Metabolism?
All about Cell Membranes
How Drugs are Discovered
Of Nutrition and Food

"One argument is nearly always shunted aside, shelved under the heading of religion. I'd put it this way. Every species that has ever existed on this planet is or was a successful experiment in living. Existence is the only measure of succcess, not pervasiveness or ubiquity or intelligence. Unsuccess would be nothingness. No species is more valuable or meaningful than another, except in the minds of humans, where the balls and strikes are called." (Verlyn Klinkenborg, in the NewYork Review of Books, discussing Elizabeth Kolbert's 'The Sixth Extinction')
Issues in Biology
Where does Life Come From?
Complexity in Biology
The Mind-Body Connection
What is a Gene?
Is Biology a Statistical Science?

Book Reviews

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Biology and Society
Genetically Modified Food?
Stem Cell Research
What is Cloning?
Man & Machine & AI

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Intended for the Advancement of Public Understanding of the Biological Sciences

What is Life
presents conceptual thinking in biology. While many current issues in biology are based on simple ideas, the elucidation of biological mechanisms that explain diverse aspects of life is challenging because cells and organisms are complex systems. To understand how biologists study the structure and function of living organisms one has to understand the relationship between experiment and theory. Such an understanding amounts to scientific literacy.


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