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Essential Cell Biology


By: Bruce Alberts(Author), Karen Hopkin(Author), Martin Raff(Author), Peter Walter(Author)

865 pages, 860 colour illustrations

Garland Science

Paperback | Oct 2013 | Edition: 4 | #207925 | ISBN-13: 9780815344551
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About this book

Essential Cell Biology provides an accessible introduction to the fundamental concepts of cell biology. Its lively writing and exceptional illustrations make it the ideal textbook for a first course in cell and molecular biology. The text and figures are easy-to-follow, accurate, clear, and engaging for the introductory student. Molecular detail has been kept to a minimum in order to provide the reader with a cohesive, conceptual framework of the basic science that underlies our current understanding of biology.

Essential Cell Biology is thoroughly updated scientifically, and maintains the academic level and size of the previous edition.

Reviews of previous editions:

"Enthralls the reader [...] .Core concepts are explained from first principles in a manner that is lucid and unambiguous [...] .That the authors have assembled a seminal cell biology textbook cannot be disputed [...] .really ought to be an intrinsic part of every bioscience undergraduate's essential reading."
– The Biochemist

" [...] the language and terminology used by the authors remain focused at a level appropriate to and accessible by undergraduate students [...] .New users of the textbook will find it accessible and approachable [...] .The instructor resources remain a valuable addition [...] .I highly recommend it to all."
– CBE-Life Sciences Education

"This attractive, accessible, visually oriented text covers the fundamentals of cell biology required to understand biomedical and broader issues that affect students' lives."
– SciTech Book News


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. Sexual Reproduction and the Power of Genetics
20. Tissues and Cancer

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

Dennis Bray received his PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is currently an active emeritus professor at University of Cambridge. In 2006 he was awarded the Microsoft European Science Award.

Karen Hopkin received her PhD in biochemistry from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and is a science writer in Somerville, Massachusetts. She is a regular columnist for The Scientist and a contributor to Scientific American's daily podcast, 60-Second Science.

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 an Emeritus 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 Cell Biology Unit at University College London.

Keith Roberts received his PhD from the University of Cambridge and was Deputy Director of the John Innes Centre, Norwich. He is currently Emeritus Professor at the University of East Anglia.

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

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