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Allied Health Microbiology
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In this textbook the focus will be on the bacteria and archaea (traditionally known as the “prokaryotes,”) and the viruses and other acellular agents.

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Biology
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Textbook
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Open Oregon State
Author:
Linda Bruslind
Date Added:
12/03/2019
Basic Cell and Molecular Biology 3e: What We Know & How We Found Out
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A grasp of the logic and practice of science is essential to understand the rest of the world around us. To that end, the CMB3e iText (like earlier editions) remains focused on experimental support for what we know about cell and molecular biology, and on showing students the relationship of cell structure and function. Rather than trying to be a comprehensive reference book, CMB3e selectively details investigative questions, methods and experiments that lead to our understanding of cell biology. This focus is nowhere more obvious than in the chapter learning objectives and in external links to supplementary material. The Basic CMB3e version of the iText includes links to external web-sources as well as the author’s short, just-in-time YouTube VOPs (with edited, optional closed captions), all embedded in or near relevant text. Each video is identified with a descriptive title and video play and QR bar codes.

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Biology
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Textbook
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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Digital Commons
Author:
Gerald Bergtrom
Date Added:
11/26/2019
Biochemistry: Free For All
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We are happy to welcome you to our second Open Educational Resource (OER) textbook, Biochemistry Free For All. Biochemistry is a relatively young science, but its rate of growth has been truly impressive. The rapid pace of discoveries, which shows no sign of slowing, is reflected in the steady increase in the size of biochemistry textbooks. Growing faster than the size of biochemistry books have been the skyrocketing costs of higher education and the even faster rising costs of college textbooks. These unfortunate realities have created a situation where the costs of going to college are beyond the means of increasing numbers of students.

Subject:
Biology
Chemistry
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Textbook
Provider:
Oregon State University
Author:
Indira Rajagopal
Kevin Ahern
Taralyn Tan
Date Added:
07/27/2021
Biofundamentals 2.0
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Our goal is to present the key observations and unifying concepts upon which modern biology is based; it is not a survey of all biology! Once understood, these foundational observations and concepts should enable you to approach any biological process, from disease to kindness, from a scientific perspective. To understand biological systems we need to consider them from two complementary perspectives; how they came to be (the historic, that is, evolutionary) and how their structures, traits, and behaviors are produced (the mechanistic, that is, the physicochemical)

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Biology
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Textbook
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University of Colorado Boulder
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Virtual Laboratories
Author:
Melanie M. Cooper
Michael W. Klymkowski
Date Added:
06/27/2016
Biology 2e
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Biology 2e is designed to cover the scope and sequence requirements of a typical two-semester biology course for science majors. The text provides comprehensive coverage of foundational research and core biology concepts through an evolutionary lens. Biology includes rich features that engage students in scientific inquiry, highlight careers in the biological sciences, and offer everyday applications. The book also includes various types of practice and homework questions that help students understand—and apply—key concepts.

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Biology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Author:
Jung Choi
Mary Ann Clark
Matthew Douglas
Date Added:
06/06/2019
Biotechnology Foundations, 2nd Edition
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Biotechnology Foundations, 2nd Edition, 2019, was created to provide free open-access teaching and learning resources for two Introduction to Biotechnology courses at Austin Community College, Biotechnology Program (Intro to Biotech I BIOL1414 & Intro to Biotech II BIOL1415). This book provides the foundation of chemistry, biology, and microbiology needed to build biotechnology laboratory science workforce skills. The goal of this book is to encourage both faculty and student adoption and active, engaged use in the classroom and provide the resources students need to succeed as entry-level laboratory technicians.

This book is available online at the OpenStax CNX platform. It can be downloaded as a PDF, read online, or downloaded and read offline.
To retrieve the book: https://cnx.org/contents/XcbB5HTY

Teaching Ancillaries available: PPT lectures, teaching guide, pacing schedule, lab manual, course objectives, eBook PDF, editable MS word format for each chapter.
To retrieve the ancillaries: https://tinyurl.com/BF-2-Resources

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Manufacturing
Biology
Chemistry
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Textbook
Author:
Jack O'Grady
Date Added:
07/28/2019
Conservation Biology in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Conservation Biology in Sub-Saharan Africa comprehensively explores the challenges and potential solutions to key conservation issues in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Easy to read, this lucid and accessible textbook includes fifteen chapters that cover a full range of conservation topics, including threats to biodiversity, environmental laws, and protected areas management, as well as related topics such as sustainability, poverty, and human-wildlife conflict. This rich resource also includes a background discussion of what conservation biology is, a wide range of theoretical approaches to the subject, and concrete examples of conservation practice in specific African contexts. Strategies are outlined to protect biodiversity whilst promoting economic development in the region.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Open Book Publishers
Author:
John W. Wilson
Richard B. Primack
Date Added:
09/16/2019
Foundations of Neuroscience
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Foundations of Neuroscience is aimed at undergraduate students new to the field of neuroscience. The first edition specifically targets students enrolled in Neurobiology at Michigan State University and primarily contains topics covered in that course.

Subject:
Biology
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Textbook
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Michigan State University
Author:
Casey Henley
Date Added:
07/30/2021
General Biology
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The word biology means, "the science of life", from the Greek bios, life, and logos, word or knowledge. Therefore, Biology is the science of Living Things. That is why Biology is sometimes known as Life Science.

Wikibooks is a collaborative book authoring website, where users from all over the world work together to write textbooks and other types of instructional books on many topics. It is a Wikimedia project, operated by the same group of people who run Wikipedia, the Wikimedia Foundation. You can edit this page, and almost all pages like it, at any time. That is the basic principle of Wikibooks: anyone can edit it.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Wikibooks
Date Added:
09/20/2017
General Microbiology - 1st Edition
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Welcome to the wonderful world of microbiology! Yay! So. What is microbiology? If we break the word down it translates to “the study of small life,” where the small life refers to microorganisms or microbes. But who are the microbes? And how small are they?

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Biology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Oregon State University
Author:
Linda Bruslind
Date Added:
01/06/2020
Human Biology
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This textbook has been created with several goals in mind: accessibility, customization, and student engagement—all while encouraging students toward high levels of academic scholarship. Students will find that this textbook offers a strong introduction to human biology in an accessible format.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax CNX
Author:
Willy Cushwa
Date Added:
12/02/2019
An Interactive Introduction to Organismal and Molecular Biology
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This "textbook" is interactive, meaning that although each chapter has text, they also have interactive HTML5 content, such as quizzes, simulations, interactive videos, and images with clickable hotspots. Students receive instant feedback when they complete the interactive content, and therefore, can learn and check their understanding all in one place. The first unit introduces students to the nature of science, including scientific controversies, and information literacy, including how to analyze literature and identify stakeholders. Unit 2 is organismal biology, including carbon cycling and population growth, and unit 3 is molecular biology with a focus on gene expression.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Michigan State University
Author:
Andrea Bierema
Date Added:
05/11/2021
Microbiology
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Microbiology covers the scope and sequence requirements for a single-semester microbiology course for non-majors. The book presents the core concepts of microbiology with a focus on applications for careers in allied health. The pedagogical features of the text make the material interesting and accessible while maintaining the career-application focus and scientific rigor inherent in the subject matter. Microbiology’s art program enhances students’ understanding of concepts through clear and effective illustrations, diagrams, and photographs.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Author:
Anh-Hue Thi Tu
Ann Auman
Ann Paterson
Ben Rowley
Brian M. Forster
Clifton Franklund
George Pinchuk
Graciela Brelles-Mariño
Mark Schneegurt
Mark Sutherland
Myriam Alhadeff Feldman
Nina Parker
Paul Flowers
Philip Lister
Summer Allen
Date Added:
11/02/2016
Microbiology: A Laboratory Experience
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As a group of organisms that are too small to see and best known for being agents of disease and death, microbes are not always appreciated for the numerous supportive and positive contributions they make to the living world. Designed to support a course in microbiology, Microbiology: A Laboratory Experience permits a glimpse into both the good and the bad in the microscopic world. The laboratory experiences are designed to engage and support student interest in microbiology as a topic, field of study, and career. This text provides a series of laboratory exercises compatible with a one-semester undergraduate microbiology or bacteriology course with a three- or four-hour lab period that meets once or twice a week. The design of the lab manual conforms to the American Society for Microbiology curriculum guidelines and takes a ground-up approach -- beginning with an introduction to biosafety and containment practices and how to work with biological hazards. From there the course moves to basic but essential microscopy skills, aseptic technique and culture methods, and builds to include more advanced lab techniques. The exercises incorporate a semester-long investigative laboratory project designed to promote the sense of discovery and encourage student engagement. The curriculum is rigorous but manageable for a single semester and incorporates best practices in biology education.

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Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Milne Publishing
Author:
Holly Ahern
Date Added:
03/08/2021
Microbiology for Allied Health Students
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Microbiology for Allied Health Students is designed to cover the scope and sequence requirements for the single semester Microbiology course for non-majors and allied health students. The book presents the core concepts of microbiology with a focus on applications for careers in allied health. The pedagogical features of Microbiology for Allied Health Students make the material interesting and accessible to students while maintaining the career-application focus and scientific rigor inherent in the subject matter.

The scope and sequence of Microbiology for Allied Health Students has been developed and vetted with input from numerous instructors at institutions across the U.S. It is designed to meet the needs of most microbiology courses allied health students.

With these objectives in mind, the content of this textbook has been arranged in a logical progression from fundamental to more advanced concepts. The opening chapters present an overview of the discipline, with individual chapters focusing on cellular biology as well as each of the different types of microorganisms and the various means by which we can control and combat microbial growth. The focus turns to microbial pathogenicity, emphasizing how interactions between microbes and the human immune system contribute to human health and disease. The last several chapters of the text provide a survey of medical microbiology, presenting the characteristics of microbial diseases organized by body system.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University System of Georgia
Provider Set:
Galileo Open Learning Materials
Author:
Molly Smith
Sara Selby
Date Added:
12/02/2019
A Primer for Computational Biology
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A Primer for Computational Biology aims to provide life scientists and students the skills necessary for research in a data-rich world. The text covers accessing and using remote servers via the command-line, writing programs and pipelines for data analysis, and provides useful vocabulary for interdisciplinary work. The book is broken into three parts:

Introduction to Unix/Linux: The command-line is the “natural environment” of scientific computing, and this part covers a wide range of topics, including logging in, working with files and directories, installing programs and writing scripts, and the powerful “pipe” operator for file and data manipulation.
Programming in Python: Python is both a premier language for learning and a common choice in scientific software development. This part covers the basic concepts in programming (data types, if-statements and loops, functions) via examples of DNA-sequence analysis. This part also covers more complex subjects in software development such as objects and classes, modules, and APIs.
Programming in R: The R language specializes in statistical data analysis, and is also quite useful for visualizing large datasets. This third part covers the basics of R as a programming language (data types, if-statements, functions, loops and when to use them) as well as techniques for large-scale, multi-test analyses. Other topics include S3 classes and data visualization with ggplot2.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Oregon State University
Author:
Shawn T. O’Neil
Date Added:
01/06/2020
Principles of Biology: Biology 211, 212, and 213
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The Principles of Biology sequence (BI 211, 212 and 213) introduces biology as a scientific discipline for students planning to major in biology and other science disciplines. Laboratories and classroom activities introduce techniques used to study biological processes and provide opportunities for students to develop their ability to conduct research.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
OpenOregon
Author:
Catherine Creech
Lisa Bartee
Walter Shriner
Date Added:
10/25/2021
Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs for the Biosciences
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This textbook was created for Austin Community College's Biotechnology Program online course: Quality Assurance for the Biosciences, BITC1340. The 10-chapter activity eBook covers quality assurance topics ranging from the history of quality and regulations in the US, an overview of the FDA and its structure and function, and the approval process for a variety of biotechnology products such as food, drugs, and medical devices. Throughout the eBook are exploratory activities, videos, and case studies.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Career and Technical Education
Manufacturing
Biology
Material Type:
Case Study
Full Course
Reading
Student Guide
Textbook
Author:
Jack O'Grady
Date Added:
07/29/2019
A Student's Guide to Tropical Marine Biology
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A Student’s Guide to Tropical Marine Biology is written entirely by students enrolled in the Keene State College Tropical Marine Biology course taught by Dr. Karen Cangialosi. Our goal was to investigate three main aspects of tropical marine biology: understanding the system, identifying problems, and evaluating solutions. Each of the sections contains chapters that utilize openly licensed material and images, and are rich with hyperlinks to other sources. Some of the most pressing tropical marine ecosystem issues are broken up into five sections: Coral Reefs and Diversity, Common Fishes to the Coral Reef, Environmental Threats, Reef Conservation, and Major Marine Phyla. These sections are not mutually exclusive; repetition in some content between chapters is intentional as we expect that users may not read the whole book. This work represents a unique collaborative process with many students across semesters authoring and editing, and therefore reflects the interests and intentions of a broad range of students, not one person’s ideas. This collaboration began with contributions from KSC students in the 2017 semester and includes work from the 2019 class, as well as new content and editorial work from 2017 & 2019 alumni. We look forward to future editions of this book. Enjoy exploring the rainforests of the sea through our collaborative project and please share with those who care!

Subject:
Biology
Oceanography
Material Type:
Full Course
Author:
Alana Olendorf
Allie Tolles
Andrew Fuhs
Audrey Boraski
Bryce Chounard
Christian Paparazzo
Devon Audibert
Emily Michaeles
Emma Verville
Haley Fantasia
Haley Zanga
Jaime Marsh
Jason Charbonneau
Jennifer Rosado
Jessica Comeau
Maddi Ouellette
Malisa Rai
Marisa Benjamin
Mary Swain
Melissa Wydra
Morgan Tupper
Sarah Larsen
Simone McEwan
Suki Graham
Tim Brodeur
Will Trautmann
Date Added:
12/09/2019