Specialized Cell Structure and Function

Introduction

This section advances some of the basic cell functions and integrates several chemical compounds. You may want to refer back to The Chemistry of Biology as you proceed.

Both plants and animals exhibit a range of complex functions that are really several simple functions joined together. As you progress through this section, note how the big ones have been broken down to their basic parts or stages for easy understanding. Some of the best biological principles are included in this section. The secrets to photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and protein synthesis—long fortresses of unconquerable knowledge—will be subdued and laid before you.

It is not necessary to take an aspirin for an anticipated headache, or gulp another cup of coffee in preparation for a long one. This section is arranged for quick understanding and retention; try it and see.

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Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Biology © 2004 by Glen E. Moulton, Ed.D.. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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