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BIO372 : Readings

Required Readings
Spring 2006

For each of the six modules in this course, read all the articles listed.

  • All the readings are on the NAU library's electronic reserves. Reach them by clicking on "Library" on the class logo at the top of any web page. On the library's web page, under "Course Resources," click on "Course specific resources for students."
  • Almost all the pictures in each reading are thumbnails. Since the thumbnails are small, the page should open quickly.
    • If you let your cursor remain stationary over the thumbnail for a few seconds, your browser will reveal the title of the picture.
    • If your cursor turns into a hand when it moves over the thumbnail, click the mouse to open a larger version of the picture in a separate window.
  • Besides the readings themselves, you should read (and study) the pictures with their captions and any links that may be in the readings.

Biological Basis of Behavior

  1. Cowley, Geoffrey. 1989. How the mind was designed. Newsweek 113(11):56-58.(March 13).
  2. Buss, David M. 1994. The strategies of human mating. American Scientist 82:238-249.
  3. Jolly, Alison. 1982. Book review: The woman that never evolved. Amer Sci 70:306.
  4. Toufexis, Anastasia. 1990. Why men can outdrink women. Time. 135(4):61.
  5. Searcy, William A., and Ken Yasukawa. 1983. Sexual selection and red-winged blackbirds. American Scientist 71:166-174.
  6. Holekamp, Kay E., and Paul W. Sherman. 1989. Why male ground squirrels disperse. American Scientist 77:232-239.
  7. Morell, Virginia. 1998. A new look at monogamy. Science 281:1982-1983.

Biological & Ecological Implications of Sex

  1. Gorman, Christine. 1992. Sizing up the sexes. Time 139(3):42-51.
  2. Wuethrich, Bernice. 1998. Why sex? Putting theory to the test. Science 281:1980-1982.
  3. Wuethrich, Bernice. 1998. The asexual life. Science 281:1981.
  4. Pennisi, Elizabeth. 1998. A genomic battle of the sexes. Science 281:1984-1985.
  5. Marx, Jean L. 1988. A parent's sex may affect gene expression. Science 239:352-353.
  6. Crews, David. 1994. Animal Sexuality. Scientific American 270(1):108-114.

Evolution and the Origin of Life

  1. Lemonick, Michael D., and Andrea Dorfman. 2002. Microbes at the extremes may tell us ... How life began. Time Magazine 160(5):42-45 (July 29)
  2. de Duve, Christian. 1995. The beginnings of life on earth. American Scientist 83:428-437.
  3. Stebbins, G. Ledyard, and Francisco J. Ayala. 1985. The evolution of Darwinism. Scientific American 253(1):72-82.
  4. Kabnick, K. S., and D. A. Peattie. 1991. Giardia: A missing link between prokaryotes and eukaryotes. American Scientist 79(1):34-43.
  5. Constable, Anne. 1991. It happens in the best circles. Time 138(12):59., September 23.


  1. Rogers, Michael. 1988. The death of the dinosaurs. Newsweek 112:61. (December 19).
  2. Glen, William. 1990. What killed the dinosaurs. American Scientist 78:354-370.
  3. Stanley, Steven M. 1984. Mass extinctions in the ocean. Sci Amer 250(6):64-72.
  4. Erwin, Douglas H. 1996. The mother of mass extinctions. Sci Amer 275(1):72-78.
  5. Kluger, Jeffrey. 2003. Sharkless seas. Time Magazine 161(4):52-53 (Jan 27)

The Immune Response

  1. Janeway, Charles A., Jr. 1993. How the immune system recognizes invaders. Scientific American 269(3):72-79.
  2. Bartlett, John G., and Richard D. Moore. 1998. Improving HIV therapy. Scientific American 279(1):84-93.
  3. Atkinson, M. A., and N. K. Maclaren. 1990. What causes diabetes? Scientific American 263(1):62-71.
  4. Adler, Jerry, and Claudia Kalb. 2000. Diabetes. An American epidemic. Newsweek 136:40-47. (Sept 4)


  1. Cowley, Geoffrey. 1998. Cancer and diet. Newsweek 132(22):60-66. (November 30)
  2. Weinberg. 1981. How cancer arises. Scientific American 275(3):62-70.
  3. Van Noorden, Cornelis J. F., Linda C. Meade-Tollin, and Fred T. Bosman. 1998. Metastasis. Amer Sci 86:130-141.
  4. Cowley, Geoffrey, and Adam Rogers. 1998. Of mice and men. Newsweek 131(20):58-61. (May 18)

Optional Readings

  1. Kimura, Doreen. 2002. Sex differences in the brain. Scientific American online.
  2. Vandenbergh, John G. 2003. Prenatal hormone exposure and sexual variation. American Scientist 91:218-225.
  3. Gibbs, W. Wayt. 2003. Untangling the roots of cancer. Scientific American 289(1):57-65.
  4. Dimitrios Trichopoulos, Frederick P. Li and David J Hunter. 1996. What Causes Cancer. Scientific American 275(3):80-87.
  5. Adler, Jerry, with Mary Carmichael. 2005. Buried treasure: How dinosaurs lived--and died. Newsweek 145(26):44-52. (June 27)
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