Discover a focused and up to date exploration of foundational and core concepts in molecular biology.
The newly revised third edition of Fundamental Molecular Biology delivers a selective and precise treatment of essential topics in molecular biology perfect for allowing students to develop an accurate understanding of the applications of the field. The book applies the process of discovery-observations, questions, experimental designs, results, and conclusions – with an emphasis on the language of molecular biology. Readers will easily focus on the key ideas they need to succeed in any introductory molecular biology course.
Fundamental Molecular Biology provides students with the most up to date techniques and research used by molecular biologists today. Readers of the book will have the support and resources they need to develop a concrete understanding of core and foundational concepts of molecular biology, without being distracted by outdated or peripheral material.
Readers will also benefit from the inclusion of:
- A thorough introduction to and comparison of eukaryotic and prokaryotic organisms illustrating the variation of cellular processes across organisms
- Tool boxes exploring up to date experimental methods and techniques used by molecular biologists
- Focus boxes providing detailed treatment of topics that delve further into experimental strategies
- Disease boxes placing complex regulatory pathways in their relevant context and illustrating key principles of molecular biology
Perfect for instructors and professors of introductory molecular biology courses, Fundamental Molecular Biology will also earn a place in the libraries of anyone seeking to improve their understanding of molecular biology with an insightful and well-grounded treatment of the core principles of the subject.
Chapter 1 The Beginnings of Molecular Biology
Chapter 2 The Structure of DNA
Chapter 3 The Versatility of RNA
Chapter 4 Protein Structure and Folding
Chapter 5 Genome Organization and Evolution
Chapter 6 DNA Replication and Telomer Maintenance
Chapter 7 DNA Repair Pathways
Chapter 8 Transcription in Bacteria
Chapter 9 Transcription in Eukaryotes
Chapter 10 Epigenetic Mechanisms of Gene Regulation
Chapter 11 RNA Processing and Posttranscriptional Gene Regulation
Chapter 12 The Mechanisms of Translation
Chapter 13 Recombinant DNA Technology and Genetically Modified Organisms
Chapter 14 Tools for Analyzing Gene Organization, Expression, and Function
Chapter 15 Medical Molecular Biology
Lizabeth Allison is currently the Dorman Family Term Distinguished Professor of Biology at the College of William and Mary. Recently she was honoured by the State Council on Higher Education in Virginia with the "Commonwealth's Outstanding Faculty" award. Dr Allisons's award-winning dedication to her students and to the art of teaching are well-reflected in her textbook, the first edition of which has been adopted for use by colleges and universities across the United States and Europe.
Reviews of previous editions:
"Fundamental Molecular Biology by Lizabeth Allison is a clearly written, engaging text that provides an excellent introduction to the field of molecular biology. With numerous well-conceived diagrams and examples of real life applications, Allison's text will be appreciated by students and instructors alike."
– Daniel P. Herman, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
"Lizabeth Allison's examination of molecular biology flows like a novel, which should qualify her as a non-fiction story-teller. She has mastered the art of explaining difficult concepts in a simplified and understandable manner, making this knowledge more accessible and non-threatening to students of all levels. Gems like the historical perspectives, focus boxes, and disease boxes add even more interest to this already well-written textbook."
–Hao Nguyen, California State University, Sacramento
"Fundamental Molecular Biology is pleasingly up to date in this rapidly advancing field, and its combination of history, relevance and technical detail makes it an attractive book for lecturers and their students."
– Times Higher Education Supplement