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Both of my kids enjoy and excel in the study of science. My daughter has even expressed her desire to become a neurosurgeon someday, though it is still early and that is subject to change. I like to fill some of those Summer Vacation "Mom, I'm so bored!", moments with something educational and The Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments by Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson from O'Reilly Media helped me do that. The photographs were amazing and definitely are favorite part of this book.
This book is tor anyone, from responsible teenagers to adults, who wants to learn about biology by doing real, hands-on laboratory work.Meant to be a suitable for both homeschoolers and DIY enthusiasts alike, The Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments explains the basics of biology lab work and how to set up a safe lab at home. There are several examples in the book that teach you how to make your piece of lab equipment for next to nothing instead of spending the hundreds or thousands of dollars it would cost to purchase one. Other subjects covered include:
- Mastering the use of the microscope, sectioning and staining.
- Build and observe microcosms, soda-bottle worlds of pond life
- Investigate the chemistry of life from simple acids, bases and buffers to complex carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, enzymes, and DNA
- Extract, isolate, and observe DNA
- Explore, photosynthesis, osmosis, nitrogen fixation, and other life processes
- Investigate the cell cycle (mitosis and cytokinesis)
- Observe populations and ecosystems, and perform air an water pollution test
- Investigate genetics and inheritance
- Do hands-on microbiology, from simple culturing to micro-evolution of bacteria by forced selection
- Gain hand-on lab experience to prepare for the AP Biology exam
It is also recommended, to get the most out of the experiments in this book, that a freely downloadable text be used in conjunction with this guide. Those recommended include: CK-12 Biology and Miller & Levine Biology. Whether you be a student, a hobbyist, or teacher this guide is certainly a great resource to add to your library.
Connect:You can connect with authors Robert Bruce and Barbara Fritchman Thompson on their website, TheHomeScientist.com. You can connect with O'Reilly on Facebook, @OReillyMedia on Twitter and/or follow/subscribe to their blog!
Buy It!You can buy the The Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments for $34.95.