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Genes 8 [Paperback]

Benjamin Lewin
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1 Sep 2003

For courses in Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics, and Gene Regulation.

Two decades ago Benjamin Lewin's Genes revolutionized the teaching of molecular biology and molecular genetics by introducing a unified approach to bacteria and higher organisms. Genes has remained at the cutting edge of molecular biology, covering gene structure, organization, and expression.

Originally the text opened with the genetic code and worked toward genome structure. Genes VIII changed the approach to begin with the sequence of the human and other genomes and starts with complete coverage of recent advances in genomics. The coverage of genomics is then integrated throughout the text.

In striving to maintain currency, the new edition has updated coverage on genome organization, DNA replication, gene regulation and many other new topics.

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  • Paperback: 1056 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (1 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131239244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131239241
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Two decades ago Benjamin Lewin's Genes revolutionized the way we think about and teach molecular biology and molecular genetics. His approach unified the discipline by providing an integrated account of the structure and function of genes in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes.

Setting a standard for currency, Genes continually embraces emerging trends in this field, such as introducing the molecular aspect of the gene before the traditional analysis of formal genetics. Genes VIII continues to innovate; expanding the early discussion of the genome and integrating new information on gene sequencing throughout the text.

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  • Human and mouse genome sequence data incorporated throughout
  • Integrated coverage of recent advances in genomics and gene organization
Updated Content
  • DNA replication, repair, and recombination
  • Transcription and translation
  • Cancer and signal transduction

Genes VIII includes access to an innovative Website featuring a complete E-book with Flash illustrations. The text will be continuously updated online, providing coverage of the most recent advances in the field. Links to primary research articles are available whenever possible. (

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This book is essential reading for anyone doing a genetics related degree, as I am. The book is well written with well defined and organised chapters, with a good summary of the following text in each of the sections. The book covers much of the important content in the field including some basics, but it quickly progresses on to more advanced stuff. I found it particularly useful for looking at gene control and translation. However, the diagrams in the book are not of the best standard. Although usable they are just that bit too small and not quite clear or obvious enough sometimes. If you can cope with this small criticism, then I'd recommend the book to anyone with an interest in developing their knowledge of genetics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 29 April 2006
By Gobind Swamy - Published on
This text is a vast improvement on the previous editions. Its improved vastly on both clarity and content. The figures themselves are excellent learning tools. Combined with uptodate material, it is in my opinion peerless. Its rivals would be lodish and alberts but in some areas complements them and often outshines them. The textbook exists online at and you could subcribe for the duration of your course. The website gives you access to the complete material in the print text and you also save a ton of money by subscribing for a shorter period, that is if you find cash an issue. However, I wholeheartedly recommend the print edition as a trusted companion for those embarking on graduate studies.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Molecular biology can be easy to learn 12 Feb 2007
By Mikhail Groubman - Published on
I have been using Genes VIII for a year already in my Molecular Biology studies and I should state that this is one of the best books written in this field.

First of all, the material is structured in a clear manner. Moreover all terms are introduced starting from simple things, which become harder and harder as you proceed. That gives the student the opportunity to form the overall picture of molecular biological processes.

Besides, each chapter starts with the introduction that is very useful when you want to review the things (i.e. before the exam).

In my opinion this book contains a lot of visual material that definitely helps students to understand the material more thoroughly.

To sum up, I would recommend everybody who wants to explore the world of Molecular Biology to buy this book.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book on biology 3 Dec 2004
By M. Stein - Published on
Dr. Lewin's work has helped me understand biology and improve my understanding of the sciences. The design and figures in Genes are wonderfully clear, as is the general body of the text.

Furthermore, his website at has some great supplemental material on the important procedures of science and past experiments that have changed sciences.

Between the Genes book and the subscription to Ergito, Dr. Lewin's work is a great opportunity to learn and expand your knowledge. I thought Genes VIII was great, and a good step forward from Genes VII.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book is good but technical 29 Nov 2013
By verity2 - Published on
I didn't order this book but leafed through it.

It is a good basic technical overview of genetics. I suggest that those who have not had a genetics course in college not start with this book for information.
4.0 out of 5 stars all correct 16 July 2013
By alvaro - Published on
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The book has come in good conditions and very soon, but the cover was a bit broke. Anyway I'm glad with the product and also with delivery.
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