Unfolding the Mystery of Life, Biology Lab Manual for Non-Science Majors


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Unfolding the Mystery of Life, Biology Lab Manual for Non-Science Majors, Is a textbook written by Ellen Genovesi

About the Book

This laboratory manual is intended for use in a biology laboratory course taken by non-science majors, pre-biology, and pre-allied health majors.

Laboratory exercises provide students with experience in basic laboratory skills, gathering and organizing data, measuring and calculating, hypothesis testing, analysis of data, writing, and laboratory safety. The skill sets are designed to promote the development of critical thought and analysis. Students work with living and preserved specimens, and laboratory reagents and equipment.

About the Contributors


Ellen Genovesi

Laura Blinderman

Patrick Natale

Table of Contents

  • Exercise 1: The Metric System of Measurement
  • Exercise 2: Microscopy
  • Exercise 3: The Scientific Method
  • Exercise 4: Cell Membrane Biology
  • Exercise 5: Biomolecules
  • Exercise 6: Enzymes
  • Exercise 7: Photosynthesis
  • Exercise 8: Human Genetics & Cytogenetics
  • Exercise 9: Using Genetic Crosses to Analyze a Stickleback Trait
  • Exercise 10: Protein Gel Electrophoresis
  • Exercise 11: Isolation of DNA From Plants
  • Exercise 12: Animal Tissues
  • Exercise 13: Microbiology, Food Microbiology and Disease Transmission

Additional information


Ellen Genovesi, Mercer County Community College

Laura Blinderman, Mercer County Community College

Patrick Natale, Mercer County Community College








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