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Brock's Microbiology is a great book when you are interested in unicellular organisms. From the publishers's website (Pearson): The authoritative #1 textbook for introductory majors microbiology, Brock Biology of Microorganisms continues to set the standard [...]. This book for biology, microbiology, and other science majors balances cutting edge ...


If it's techniques you are interested in, Weaver, now in its 5th edition, has (had) a strong emphasis on recent experiments from the literature, and he is constantly updating the book. We used to use it for a variety of courses.


These always have a place at my library HF Lodish, Berk, Arnold, and S. Lawrence Zipursky. Molecular cell biology. Vol. 4. New York: WH Freeman, 2000. Alberts, Bruce, et al. "Molecular biology of the cell." Garland Science, New York 4 (2002)(the first few editions had James Watson himself as the editor) Brown, Terence A. Genomes. Garland science, 2006. ...


The stinging hairs (trichomes) of the common North American nettle (Urtica dioica) are sharp, pointed cells. These nucleated cells are embedded in a base of smaller epidermal cells. The shaft of the trichome is composed of silica. Upon touch, the tip breaks off, leaving a sharp tip similar to a hypodermic needle. The hollow trichome penetrates the skin, and ...


Endless Form Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo introduces the reader to several classic embryology experiments and some key principles too. I'll edit this answer when I find more books or reading material of this nature.


At least online, I think the single best introductory evolution resource is the Evolution 101 tutorial at UC Berkeley's Understanding Evolution project. The site has been designed by some of the top evolutionary biologists and evolution educators in the country, and does a very good job presenting a basic overview of how evolution works.


Would you consider the New York Times a suitable level of detail (while admittedly not a book)? If so then you may want to peruse this collection: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/science/topics/biology_and_biochemistry/index.html You will have to be selective. This was my first hit in Google searching for 'lay articles on biochemistry.' I would ...


Welcome to Biology.SE! I am not aware of any book that talks extensively about the evolution of dominance. It is a very interesting field of research. You can probably search for papers on the subject that will go much further than my below answer. For example, you may want to read Mayo and Burger (1996), Bourguet (1999) and Billiard and Castric (2011) I ...

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