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The text has been updated throughout to reflect the most current ideas, tools, mechanisms, and data used to interpret genetic processes.
A summary guide to more than 75 experimental techniques, referenced to the pages on which the techniques are discussed, is found in the front matter.
Chapter 5 is a useful student reference to experimental methods and tools as discussed in later chapters.
There is a completely new chapter (24) on Genomics!
New topics can be found on DNA damage and repair in significantly revised Part VII (Chapters 20-23).
With this new edition, all line art (which is in full color) and tables and many photographs are available as jpeg files on the Visual Resource Library CD-ROM and text-specific website.
Significant data and autoradiographs from original publications are included to support the narrative and to help students analyze data.
The text-specific website includes updated references, downloadable line art and tables from the text, and links to relevant instructive sites on the web. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Received BS in Chemistry from The College of Wooster in 1964 Postdoctoral work at UC-San Francisco with William Rutter American Cancer Society Research Scholar for two years

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Experimental Approach Difficult for Most Undergraduates 5 Nov. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I teach molecular biology at a respected liberal arts college in Indiana. As a first year molecular instructor I went looking for advice on textbooks. Under recommendations from the previous instructor of this course I chose Weaver's book as an alternative to the now aging Albert Text. Frankly, the text has been a flop.
Why? Because it assumes a certain level of understanding of molecular coming into the course. A highly motivated student who has a strong background in research will enjoy this book, but as a general text it just doesn't work well. I find my students are just lost in the chapters. They are getting bogged down trying to work through all the gels and are missing the concepts being presented. I find that I must use figures from Albert's or Stryer (Biochem) to make the concepts clear. Perhaps it would be a good grad textbook with a student population that has an excellent understanding of 'gel science'.
Mostly I find it is just missing in general concepts. They summarize sections up in little orange boxes at the end which seems to be all the class seems to understand from the readings. I think they need to put more effort into making the general text more understandable to students by working on the model end and less on the experimental end.
I am not alone in my poor evaluation of this text. A prof who has been teaching the class for 15 years finally made the switch to this book this year to replace Albert. She gave up on Weaver two weeks into the class because of her class' fustration.
I would recommend this book ONLY to those who have first read it and feel it is going to be PERSONALLY useful.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
An Excellent Text, But Not For Beginners 21 Feb. 2001
By greatabu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have used this text as an undergrad and now as a grad student (in the interest of full disclosure, I am currently taking a class with Dr. Weaver and we are using this text; surprise, surprise). I found the use of experimental data to be extremely helpful, especially since molecular biology is an experimental field. It really gives one a feel for how we arrived at what we know and what was the thinking that led to it. That said, this is probably not an ideal text for an introduction to molecular biology. Students using this text should have some familiarity with genetics and cell biology. When I used this text as an undergrad (at a liberal arts college in Kansas) I was a little overwhelmed by the amount of experimental information at first, but I grew to appreciate it greatly. It allowed me to better develop analytical skills that are important for the field. On the whole, this has been probably one of the best books I have seen in this field.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Great for the GRE and introductory graduate courses 13 Jun. 2003
By Gobind Swamy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The approach of this book is based on experimental data rather than the deduced facts. I have tride many books to prepare me for the GRE subject text in Biochem/cell/Molecular biology. However, many of the books were concentrating on plain facts rather than on experimental data. Some of the GRE question especially the longer and difficult ones are not concerened with memorized facts. Rather, they present to you experimental data in the form of graphs and charts and ask you questions based on them. Of all the books that I sampled this is the only one that provided the necessary levels of understanding for me to tackle such questions. This is also true in a life of a beginning graduate student who is required to make sense out of graphs, numbers and charts in per reviewed journal articles. This book is most useful for such individuals. For lower level undergraduates this book is best when used with in conjunction with another introductory text book such as Molecular Cells biology by by lodish.
18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Difficult to Understand and too much experimental data 15 May 2005
By Matthew Bratkowski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I used this textbook for an undergraduate capstone class in molecular biology. The book is divided into eight main parts: Introduction, Methods in Molecular Biology, Transcription in Prokaryotes, Transcription in Eukaryotes, Posttranscriptional Events, Translation, and Genomes. The book is very detailed in its explanations of molecular processes and this makes it difficult to comprehend. Often, I would read a few pages and understand very little of what I read. I found that I learned more if I listened closely in class and only refered to the book for details, which is what I would suggest. Also my class focused mostly on problem based learning in molecular biology and less on memorizing molecular details. This book contains very few problems so my professor made up his own questions that he gave us and they were more helpful.

Another problem that I had with this book is that it contains probably too much experimental information. Almost every science textbook contains a little information about important discovers, but usually a little information is all that is needed. This book gives detailed descriptions of experiments that were used to discover principles of molecular biology, and I think that most and unnessary and only distract the student in what is already a confusing textbook. I understand that Dr. Weaver's aim was to introduce the experimental aspects of the subject, but I think he went a little overboard. Since this is an introductory textbook, primary principles should be focused on and specific experiments should be limited and should be found in side text-boxes instead of in the body of the text. That way, the student can read the experiments only if he or she is interested instead of having them interupt the subject matter at hand, which commonly occurs in the this textbook.

Regardless to say, I did not use this book to study from as much as I use most of my science books. Instead, I focused more on my professor's notes and questions and only referred to the book for key concepts. The book is not bad for key concepts and does contain and number of useful figures. Yet I would not recommend trying to read a chapter straight though; it is not worth it. Study the key ideas and figures instead. The remainder of the information is, in my opinion, a little advanced for an introductory class--although this book is intended for such a class--and way too wordy.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A must for experimental scientists in training 8 April 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Most classes I have taken at the undergraduate level have only presented the facts and theories of molecular and cell biology. Dr. Weaver's text, and the two classes I have taken from him, have given me insight into how those facts were obtained. His text presents the questions of scientists, why they were asked, and how they were answered, including interpretation of the data. This is very important to someone training to be a research scientist.
Yes, it may be understandable only to upper level students, but that is for whom the book is meant. The first two or three years of college should give a student enough background. This book will help elaborate on that information, and more importantly, answer the why and how.
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