832 pages, colour illustrations
Teaching cell biology can be a daunting task because the field is so vast and rapidly moving, characterized by a continual explosion of new information. The challenge is how to teach students the fundamental concepts without becoming bogged down in details. Students need to understand the principles of cell biology and be able to appreciate new advances, rather than just memorizing "the facts" as we see them today. At the same time, the material must be presented in sufficient depth to thoughtfully engage students and provide a sound basis for further studies.
The Cell, Seventh Edition, provides a balance of concepts and details that meets the needs of today's students and their teachers. Written by an active scientist and experienced educator, The Cell: A Molecular Approach combines readability and cohesiveness with comprehensive and up-to-date science.
"I enjoy the text and find its overall appearance pleasing. It is obvious that a lot of thought went into putting the material together and making it accessible to students."
– Geoffrey Toner, Thomas Jefferson University
Part I. Fundamentals and Foundations
1. An Overview of Cells and Cell Research
2. Molecules and Membranes
3. Bioenergetics and Metabolism
4. Fundamentals of Molecular Biology
5. Genomics, Proteomics, and Systems Biology
Part II. The Flow of Genetic Information
6. Genes and Genomes
7. Replication, Maintenance, and Rearrangements of Genomic DNA
8. RNA Synthesis and Processing
9. Protein Synthesis, Processing, and Regulation
Part III. Cell Structure and Function
10. The Nucleus
11. Protein Sorting and Transport: The Endoplasmic Reticulum, Golgi Apparatus, and Lysosomes
12. Mitochondria, Chloroplasts, and Peroxisomes
13. The Cytoskeleton and Cell Movement
14. The Plasma Membrane
15. Cell Walls, the Extracellular Matrix, and Cell Interactions
Part IV. Cell Regulation
16. Cell Signaling
17. The Cell Cycle
18. Cell Death and Cell Renewal
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Geoffrey M. Cooper is Professor of Biology and Associate Dean of the Faculty for Natural Sciences at Boston University. Receiving a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Miami in 1973, he pursued postdoctoral work with Howard Temin at the University of Wisconsin, where he developed gene transfer assays to characterize the proviral DNAs of Rous sarcoma virus and related retroviruses. He then joined the faculty of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School in 1975, where he pioneered the discovery of oncogenes in human cancers. Since moving to Boston University as Chair of Biology in 1998, Dr. Cooper has used The Cell in teaching undergraduate cell biology, as well as continuing his research on the roles of oncogene proteins in the signaling pathways that regulate cell proliferation and programmed cell death. He has authored two textbooks on cancer and published over 100 research papers in the field of cell signaling and cancer research.
Robert E. Hausman was a Professor in the Department of Biology at Boston University. Receiving a Ph.D. in Biological Science from Northwestern University in 1971, he pursued postdoctoral work with Aron Moscona at the University of Chicago, where he investigated cell-cell interactions during early embryonic development. Dr. Hausman joined the faculty of Boston University in 1978, extending his investigations of cell surface interactions to muscle and nervous system development. He taught undergraduate cell biology with Dr. Cooper and contributed to several chapters of previous editions of The Cell.