Biology On The Cutting Edge: Concepts, Issues, And Canadian Research Around The Globe

Paperback | July 2, 2010

bySharon L. Gillies, Sarah Hewitt

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Science is an ongoing process that is constantly seeking to increase our understanding of the world around us. This collection of cutting-edge essays written by researchers across Canada introduces inquiry to the classroom and gets students asking “How did they ever figure that out?” Biology on the Cutting Edge features essays divided into three categories: Research Essays to highlight specific findings made by research groups, Issue Essays to explore contentious issues and topics, and Concept Essays that give students a thorough picture of the most current state of research in a given field.

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Science is an ongoing process that is constantly seeking to increase our understanding of the world around us. This collection of cutting-edge essays written by researchers across Canada introduces inquiry to the classroom and gets students asking “How did they ever figure that out?” Biology on the Cutting Edge features essays divided ...

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Cutting-edge biology research takes place in Canada and around the world. This collection of essays written by researchers across Canada introduces inquiry into the classroom and gets students asking “How did they ever figure that out?” Featuring exciting research in subjects that range from the study of genomes to contemporary evoluti...

Sharon Gillies After graduating from Simon Fraser University with a PhD in Plant Physiology, Sharon Gillies completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Agriculture Canada.  Since 1995, she has been teaching undergraduate Biology courses at the University of the Fraser Valley. Her interests include promoting science to youth and acting ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.4 inPublished:July 2, 2010Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Adult Neurogenesis: Hormones and Sex Are Good for Your Brain (Concept Essay)

Sarah Hewitt, Mount Royal University

 

Arabidopsis Thaliana, a Model Organism for Molecular Genetic Studies in Plants: How and Why Was Arabidopsis Chosen over Other Plants? (Concept Essay)

George Haughn and Ljerka Kunst, University of British Columbia

 

Barcoding Biodiversity: The Use of DNA Sequences to Identify Species (Concept Essay)

T. Ryan Gregory, University of Guelph 

 

Biofuels: What Will We Do When We Run Out of Oil? (Issues Essay)

David Bird, Mount Royal University

 

Biotechnology and Human Health: Producing Therapeutic Protein in Transgenic Plants (Issues Essay)

Ron Wilen, University of the Fraser Valley

 

Bitter Taste: Genetics and Plant Secondary Compounds (Concept Essay)

 Sharon L. Gillies, University of the Fraser Valley

 

Bubbles in Foods: Softness, Sweetness, and Light (Concept Essay)

Martin G. Scanlon, University of Manitoba

 

The Burgess Shale and the Cambrian Explosion: Evolution in the Rear-View Mirror (Concept Essay)

 Heather Jamniczky, University of Calgary

 

Butterfly Hearing: Wings Aren’t Just for Flying Anymore (Research Essay)

Sarah Hewitt, Mount Royal University

 

Cancer Biomarkers: What Are They, and How Do We Use Them to Personalize Cancer Treatment? (Issues Essay)

Graham Dellaire, Dalhousie University

 

Choline Metabolism and Transport: The Sunny Side of Eggs (Research Essay)

Vera Michel and Marica Bakovic, University of Guelph

 

CO2 Levels and Plants: What’s So Wrong with a Greenhouse? (Issues Essay)

Sharon L. Gillies, University of the Fraser Valley

 

Connecting Salamander Habitat in Waterton Lakes National Park: Building Tunnels to Love (Issues Essay)

Niki Wilson and Barbara Johnston, Parks Canada

 

Epigenetics: You Inherit More than Your Genes (Concept Essay)

 Samantha A. Beck, University of British Columbia

 

The Evolution of the Vertebrate Jaw: How Would You Eat without One? (Concept Essay)

 Julia C. Boughner, University of Saskatchewan

 

Forensic Entomology: Using Insects to Solve Crimes (Concept Essay)

Gail S. Anderson, Simon Fraser University

 

Gender Differences in Children’s Toy Preferences: Biologically Determined or Socially Conditioned? (Research Essay)

Evelyn F. Field, Mount Royal University

 

Gene Programming: How Many Genes Does It Take to Program a Seed? (Research Essay)

Mark Belmonte, University of Manitoba

 

Genomes Large and Small: The Evolution of Genome Size in Eukaryotes (Concept Essay)

 T. Ryan Gregory, University of Guelph

 

The Grad Student Life: Thinking outside the Textbook:  (Concept Essay)

Logan Banadyga, University of Alberta

 

Human Adaptation to High Altitude Hypoxia: Getting High (Concept Essay)

Trevor A. Day, Mount Royal University

 

Identifying Proteins Involved in Plant Cell Wall Modification: How Forward Genetics Can Be Used to Study Biology (Research Essay)

George Haughn, University of British Columbia

 

Invertebrates in Medicine: Maggots, Leeches, and Hookworms (Issues Essay)

Sharon L. Gillies, University of the Fraser Valley

 

Japanese Knotweed: Invasion of the Clones? (Research Essay)

Sharon L. Gillies, University of the Fraser Valley

 

Maintenance of Genome Stability: Why Breaking Up Is Hard to Do (Concept Essay)

 Ebba U. Kurz, University of Calgary

 

Maternal Stress: Is My Mother Harming or Helping Me? (Research Essay)

Oliver P. Love, University of Windsor

 

A Matter of Life and Death: Viruses Inhibit Cell Suicide (Concept Essay)

Logan Banadyga and Michele Barry, University of Alberta

 

A Most Pervasive Prion Disease: Chronic Wasting Disease Continues to Spread and Shows No Signs of Slowing (Issues Essay)

Sandra Haney, PrioNet Canada

Michelle Wong, PrioNet Canada

Lyanne Foster, Alberta Prion Research Institute

 

The Myriad Causes of Autism: Structural Variation is a Significant Contributor (Research Essay)

Rick J. Scavetta, The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology

 

Neuropathic Pain: Are You Too Sensitive? (Research Essay)

Sarah Hewitt, Mount Royal University

 

New Species Right Before Our Eyes: How Birdfeeders Can Influence Speciation (Research Essay)

Sarah Hewitt, Mount Royal University

 

Phytoremediation: Plants to the Rescue (Research Essay)

Sharon L. Gillies, University of the Fraser Valley

 

The Process of Science: Brain Food (Concept Essay)

Jay Ingram, Discovery Channel

 

Radioisotopic Imaging: Taking a Picture in order to See Clearly (Issues Essay)

Nathan Ackroyd, Mount Royal University

 

Remote Sensing: To Map or not to Map? Towards Characterizing the Distribution of Eastern Canada’s Shallow Marine Vegetation from above the Sea Surface (Research Essay)

Patrick Gagnon, Memorial University of Newfoundland 

 

Resistance to Antimalarial Drugs: Adaptive Evolution and Genetic Interactions (Research Essay)

Rick J. Scavetta, The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology

 

Seasonal Affective Disorder and Circadian Rhythms: Do You Get the Wintertime Blues? (Issues Essays)

Sarah Hewitt, Mount Royal University

 

Singulair Success: A Drug Discovery Classic (Issues Essay)

Alyson L. Kenward

 

Speciation and the Threespine Stickleback: The New Fishes of Paxton Lake (Issues Essay)

Joan Sharp, Simon Fraser University

 

Sustainable Agriculture:  How Can We Eat without Wrecking the Place? (Issues Essay)

Brenda Frick, University of Saskatchewan