This textbook provides an accessible introduction to cell biology. It is intended for a first course in cell biology that emphasizes fundamental concepts. The new edition of the book is thoroughly updated scientifically, yet maintains the academic level and size of the previous edition. The cell cycle and cell division chapters of this book have been combined for greater efficiency. The book is accompanied by a DVD with over 125 animations and videos, as well as a self-test quizzing feature.
Praise of the Second Edition: "This book fills a critical niche in the pedagogical process of introducing cell biology and does an excellent job in reaching its objective." -- The Quarterly Review of Biology, Volume 79 "...an excellent example of designing a textbook for undergraduates and non-biology majors. It is clear, well illustrated, conversational in tone and enjoyable to read and browse through." -- E-Streams "The second edition retains all the beauty of the first, and it serves as an editorial model -- a guide that shows us how serious authors prepare a new version of a serious book. ...What makes for a great science education is not the amassing of facts but the understanding of concepts, processes and syntheses, and the realization that all our information about nature must be subject to testing and revision. That is the kind of educational experience that students can acquire from the second edition of Essential Cell Biology." ." -- The Textbook Letter
1. Introduction to Cells 2. Chemical Components of Cells 3. Energy, Catalysis, and Biosynthesis 4. Protein Structure and Function 5. DNA and Chromosomes 6. DNA Replication, Repair, and Recombination 7. From DNA to Protein: How Cells Read the Genome 8. Control of Gene Expression 9. How Genes and Genomes Evolve 10. Manipulating Genes and Cells 11. Membrane Structure 12. Membrane Transport 13. How Cells Obtain Energy from Food 14. Energy Generation in Mitochondria and Chloroplasts 15. Intracellular Compartments and Transport 16. Cell Communication 17. Cytoskeleton 18. The Cell Division Cycle 19. Genetics, Meiosis, and the Molecular Basis of Heredity 20. Tissues and Cancer
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