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Molecular Biology of the Cell 5E [Paperback]

Bruce Alberts , Alexander Johnson , Julian Lewis , Martin Raff , Keith Roberts , Peter Walter
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2 Jan 2008 0815341067 978-0815341062 5

For nearly a quarter century Molecular Biology of the Cell has been the leading cell biology textbook. This tradition continues with the new Fifth Edition, which has been completely revised and updated to describe our current, rapidly advancing understanding of cell biology. To list but a few examples, a large amount of new material is presented on epigenetics; stem cells; RNAi; comparative genomics; the latest cancer therapies; apoptosis (now its own separate chapter); and cell cycle control and the mechanics of M phase (now integrated into one chapter).

The hallmark features of Molecular Biology of the Cell have been retained, such as its consistent and comprehensive art program, clear concept headings, and succinct section summaries. Additionally, in response to extensive feedback from readers, the Fifth Edition now includes several new features.

It is now more portable. Chapters 1-20 are printed and Chapters 21-25, covering multicellular systems, are provided as PDF files on the free Media DVD-ROM which accompanies the book.* And for the first time, Molecular Biology of the Cell now contains end-of-chapter questions. These problems, written by John Wilson and Tim Hunt, emphasize a quantitative approach and the art of reasoning from experiments, and -they will help students review and extend their knowledge derived from reading the textbook. The Media DVD-ROM, which is packaged with every copy of the book, contains PowerPoint® presentations with all of the figures, tables and micrographs from the text (available as JPEGs too). Also included is the Media Player, which plays over 125 movies—animations, videos, and molecular models—all with voiceover narration. A new reader-friendly feature is the integration of media codes throughout the text that link directly to relevant videos and animations. The Media DVD-ROM holds the multicellular systems chapters (21-25) of the text as well.

By skillfully extracting the fundamental concepts from this enormous and ever-growing field, the authors tell the story of cell biology, and thereby create a coherent framework through which readers may approach and enjoy this subject that is so central to all of biology.

* There is also a reference edition of Molecular Biology of the Cell, Fifth Edition (ISBN 978-0-8153-4111-6) that contains Chapters 1-25 entirely in printed format.

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  • Paperback: 1392 pages
  • Publisher: Garland Science; 5 edition (2 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815341067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815341062
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 27.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Throughout the book, emphasis is placed not just on what 'we know' but also on 'how we know' and 'what remains to be discovered'- important for engaging and enthusing students....A quarter of a century after the first edition revolutionised cell biology textbooks, the new edition is as fresh, comprehensive and above all, as readable as ever....Like its predecessors, this is a superb textbook for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students."

-British Society for Developmental Biology Newsletter, Summer 2008, Vol. 29, No. 1

"Professors, lecturers, and instructors will find the fifth edition of the book Molecular Biology of the Cell and its accompanying Problems Book to be an excellent choice for guiding their students through the maze of the cell's molecular structures and biochemical processes....With countless colorful illustrations and a large number of photographs and tables, reading the text becomes not only an educational experience, but also a highly enjoyable one for those students who wish to discover the inner workings of the magnificent cellular machine....Educators will also find the DVD-ROM to be a rich electronic resource when compiling their lectures....No less important is the Problems Book, which contains numerous exercises and questions that are an integral part of the learning process, and that teachers, instructors, and students are sure to appreciate."

The Quarterly Review of Biology, September 2008, Volume 83, Number 3

About the Author

Bruce Alberts received his PhD from Harvard University and is Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco. For 12 years, he served as President of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (1993-2005).

Alexander Johnson received his PhD from Harvard University and is Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Director of the Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Developmental Biology Graduate Program at the University of California, San Francisco.

Julian Lewis received his DPhil from the University of Oxford and is a Principal Scientist at the London Research Institute of Cancer Research UK.

Martin Raff received his MD from McGill University and is at the Medical Research Council Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology and the Biology Department at University College London.

Keith Roberts received his PhD from the University of Cambridge and is Emeritus Fellow at the John Innes Centre, Norwich.

Peter Walter received his PhD from The Rockefeller University in New York and is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Molecular Biology of the Cell 9 Feb 2009
The book is very good.It is exaustive and the language in it is easy understandable even by non-english speakers.Images,schemes and photographs are very accurate and,therefore,very useful.The book can be used for preparation of any biology exam in your university career.It is a needful book for your first biology exam and for further study in matter of biology.I suggest this book to all medical students and to all people who want to master an upper level of biology.
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This a wonderfully clearly written book. It provides the fundamentals of cell biology and stimulates many questions that help to expand understanding. It comes with a DVD with diagrams and animations that are not so easy to get working and are tricky to access. Also there are extra chapters on the DVD which cover further advanced topics. The first three chapters are an excellent review of basic molecular biology. Subsequent chapters are reasonably up to date and cover a wide range of topics in some depth. There are questions at the end of each chapter that are thought provoking and can be used to test your understanding of the topics covered. Some questions require you to think out of the box - ergo stimulating. If you are working on your own through this book the questions are a great help in checking your level of understanding. There is a companion book which provides answers to the questions which if used judiciously offers wonderful insights into the most exciting area of science at the start of the 21st century. I am so happy to have discovered a gem of a book in Molecular Biology of the Cell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 20 Feb 2012
By docgirl
Book goes into great depth about cell structure, function, biology. Good for degree level work. Anything you need to know about the cell is in this book. Recommended.m
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5.0 out of 5 stars DNA Deciphered into everyday language 3 Feb 2012
Im currently in my second year of a Microbiology degree and this book was recommended as one of the core reading materials. I've read 4 chapters already and the book does help to grasp the timeline and information of what we know of genes thus far. It's written straight forward, has good flow plus the diagrams are perfect for me (visual learner). Would recommend this for anyone who has a basic understanding of biology, maybe college level/1st year of a degree, and wants to really dig into DNA, genetics, protein synthesis etc.
Not your typical boring biochem textbook.
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It is an excellent book. It will be helpful for not only biologists but also people from other back grounds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for my university Biology course 26 Dec 2013
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I use this regularly as I am studying Biology at university. My lecturer uses this book regularly in her lectures so I know it's the right thing to look at.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this! 29 Dec 2010
By BFurby
If you really have to learn cell biology, buy this book. It can be hard to read, but just take your time and use the figures, and you'll learn everything. This is the best cell biology book I've ever read or seen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A consistently good book 11 July 2010
This is a very good book from start to finish and provides throrough explanations. The figures are detailed and explained (though in some detail). I would recommend this book for any undergraduate. It is well indexed and supported not only by a web site and student workbook but also by a CD with video and PPT slides.
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