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Becker's World of the Cell (8th Edition) Hardcover – January 6, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0321716026 ISBN-10: 0321716027 Edition: 8th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Benjamin Cummings; 8 edition (January 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321716027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321716026
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.3 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeff Hardin is Professor and Chair of the Zoology Department at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. His research interests center on how cells migrate and adhere to one another to change the shape of animal embryos. Dr. Hardin’s teaching is enhanced by his extensive use of digital microscopy and his Web-based teaching materials, which are used on many campuses in the United States and other countries. As part of his interest in teaching biology, Dr. Hardin was a founding member of the University of Wisconsin Teaching Academy. He is currently faculty director of the Biology Core Curriculum, a four-semester honors biology sequence for undergraduates. His teaching awards include a Lily Teaching Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award. He is also on the editorial board of CBE: Life Sciences Education, and is curator of WormClassroom, a digital initiative that promotes the use of C. elegans in college classrooms and laboratories.


Gregory Bertoni has been active in teaching, research, and scientific writing for over 25 years. He earned a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, where his teaching experiences included introductory and graduate-level biochemistry, sophomore cell biology, and plant physiology. He also helped to develop a new course entitled “Ways of Knowing” designed to introduce entering freshmen to the learning process itself. His published research includes studies in bacterial pathogenesis, plant-microbe interactions, and plant gene expression. Dr. Bertoni is a science editor for The Plant Cell, a leading research journal in plant cell and molecular biology. His duties include communicating with authors around the world to ensure that published papers are accurate and accessible to both general and expert readers worldwide. He has also been teaching biology and medical microbiology at Columbus State Community College in Columbus, Ohio for most of the past 10 years. In addition, Dr. Bertoni is a freelance scientific writer who has contributed to text- and web-based projects in biology, physics, and microbiology and currently assists authors in preparing manuscripts for publication.


Lewis J. Kleinsmith is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Emeritus of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan, where he has served on the faculty since receiving his Ph.D. from Rockefeller University in 1968. His teaching experiences have involved courses in introductory biology, cell biology, and cancer biology, and his research interests have included studies of growth control in cancer cells, the role of protein phosphorylation in eukaryotic gene regulation, and the control of gene expression during development. Among his numerous publications, he is the author of Principles of Cancer Biology as well as several award-winning educational software programs. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Henry Russell Award, a Michigan Distinguished Service Award, citations for outstanding teaching from the Michigan Students Association, an NIH Plain Language Award, and a Best Curriculum Innovation Award from the EDUCOM Higher Education Software Awards Competition


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I got this book for an undergraduate Mol & Cell Bio course.
Andrew J. Schaub
This book is overly detailed, almost to a fault, but that's probably a good thing so as to introduce the reader to as much as possible.
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I got a brand new book (i'm not sure if you will), but it's worth the shot. also came with free access code.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By DNAunion on January 18, 2012
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I have owned numerous cell biology textbooks, and this series has always been my favorite. This edition, and the 2 earlier editions of this series that I've owned, strikes a perfect balance between technicalities and general information.

One other cell biology text I owned (I suppose graduate level) jumped right into complex material and anyone not already familiar with the basics of cell biology would be completely lost; and it's coverage was extremely technical. Another cell biology text series - of which I owned 2 in the series - had poor diagrams/graphics and was not all that well organized.

"The World of the Cell" series (which recently changed its name to "Becker's World of the Cell") starts the reader off with the basics, progresses slowly and logically, and has very good diagrams/graphics. And while it does discuss technical details, it is not weighed down by them; and the language used is intermediate - they use cell biology terms but don't cram so many into a single sentence that one has to jump back and forth through the text looking up term after term to figure out what a sentence means.

PS: I have both the 7th and 8h editions. I kept notes from the 7th edition and when I look at the same page numbers in the 8th edition, the same noted material is there ... each of the dozen or so pages I checked in the 7th edition maps to the same page in the 8th edition, even up into the page 600's. So if you are not buying this for a class, you might consider buying the 7th edition as it should be cheaper. I don't know what updated information you'd be losing out on, though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary K. Ritke on September 1, 2012
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Becker World of the Cell strikes a perfect balance for my Cell biology course. It has basic information for students who are 2-3 years removed from Intro Biology who need to review, yet is challenging to those who are strong in chemistry. Experiments leading to our current knowledge are presented without being overly technical. The references at the ends of chapters ishelful for delving into a bit more depth for those students who want to know more about the experiments. Finally, the questions at the end of the chapters have a nice variety, from recall to analytically challenging.

Many of my students also take biochemistry. They report this text gives them clarification on some topics inthat course,particularly protein structure, enzymology, and the energetics of membrane transport.

For instructors, my major complaint has to do with the test bank. Most test items are way too elementary. I find it useless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samuel C. Pettigrew on February 22, 2013
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There isn't a way to jump easily from chapter to chapter. This is a serious pain. Unfortunately this digital version isn't efficiently enhanced by links to find specifically what you are looking for.

Overall this is a usable e-book for my course, but it poses some hindrances to my studying fluidity.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew J. Schaub on January 29, 2012
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I got this book for an undergraduate Mol & Cell Bio course. It's more in depth than we needed for the class but perfect for reference. I have taken a few biochemistry courses in previous semesters and therefore expected this to have less Math and equations, but I wasn't disappointed. For some reason more mathematical equations help me better visualize the material, probably because I'm a Computer Science major with a biology minor who is more interested in Bioinformatics. Therefore we have equations for calculating Gibb's free energy, and equilibrium reactions (Keq). The book is pretty heavy in biochemistry, but not as heavy as an actual Biochemistry course. I love the Chapter on new lab techniques and Biotechnology (Ch 18), and was happy to see information related to Bioinformatics.
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By Habibygun on May 18, 2014
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IF you read this book, you won't ever have to worry about being confused in the cellular or molecular discussion in higher level courses. This book is overly detailed, almost to a fault, but that's probably a good thing so as to introduce the reader to as much as possible. Very frequently, this book discusses breakthrough experiments and studies before talking about an idea. This is good because ideas aren't pulled out of thin air. At the same time, they don't waste too much time on it and they get right to the point. This is an exceptional text book.
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I enjoy the book and the way it is set up. The online activities are pretty awful though. I needed a few plug-ins for my browser and even then, the diagrams and activities didn't load properly more often than not.
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By Sammi on October 11, 2014
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The book was in great condition! A wonderful textbook!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ndaws23 on June 12, 2013
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Don't get me wrong, this textbook would be great for someone in a graduate level class. Using it for undergrad is really difficult because it goes into so much depth that you end up spending way too much time trying to process the information. You don't actually learn anything because there is just too much information. My classmates used to joke that you shouldn't try to highlight anything because you will end up highlighting the whole book. Even my cell bio professor said that this book was way too extensive for an undergrad class. Still not sure why we used it. If you are using this book for a class, I recommend that you get the solutions manual too. You won't regret it. However, you may regret purchasing this book.
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