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Molecular Biology of the Gene (4th Edition) Hardcover – January, 1987

ISBN-13: 978-0805396140 ISBN-10: 0805396144 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1163 pages
  • Publisher: Benjamin-Cummings Publishing Company; 4 edition (January 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805396144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805396140
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 9 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,986,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A member of the Yale faculty since 1970 and currently Henry Ford II Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Joan Argetsinger Steitz, Ph.D., has made outstanding contributions to the field of molecular genetics. Her studies have defined the roles of small ribonucleoprotein particles in RNA processing in mammals. She has focused her research on the structure and function of these cellular complexes, which play a key role in some of the most basic biological processes that convert information in the DNA to the active protein molecules of the living cell.Dr. Steitz earned her B.S. in chemistry from Antioch College in 1963. Significant findings emerged from Dr. Steitz's work as early as 1967, when her Harvard Ph.D. thesis examined the test-tube assembly of a ribonucleic acid (RNA) bacteriophage (antibacterial virus) known as R17. This work led to important early insights about how the protein and nucleic-acid components of viruses come together.Dr. Steitz's achievements have led to a host of honors, including the Passano Foundation Young Scientist Award in 1975, the National Medal of Science in 1986, and the Radcliffe Graduate Society's Medal for Distinguished Achievements in 1987. She also holds the 1976 Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry; Carnegie Mellon University's 1988 Dickson Prize for Science; and the 1989 Warren Triennial Prize, which she shared with Thomas R. Cech. In 1994, she was one of ten U.S. scientists to receive the Christopher Columbus Discovery Award in Biomedical Research and also received the American Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award. In June 1994, Dr. Steitz became the first recipient of the Weizmann Women and Science Award conferred by the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science. In October 1996 she received The City of Medicine Award, established in 1988 to recognize outstanding achievements in medicine throughout the nation and the world.

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Highly recommend to any one who wants to know more about molecular biology from other backgrounds.
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The figures and illustrations are of high quality and resolution.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Joe Zika TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 24, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Molecular Biology of the Gene written by James D. Watson is one of the best texts on biology of the molecular level. With ample illustrations this makes a wonderful text for students and those who want to learn more about the primary structures of proteins and the interplay between them.
Molecular genetics is but one part of the whole of biology, the nature of cells and how they divide, but this book makes an attempt to address both in a seemless fashion. Genetic code, the replication of viruses and the control of protein synthesis are all a part of this book.
I found the narrative to be straight forward and very understandable as the author makes the point in a logical and lucid manor. You will need some schooling in the biological sciences as this is not a book for the novice. This text will give the biologist of the future the rigor, the perspective, and the enthusiasm that will be needed to bridge the gap between the single cell and the complexities of higher organisms.
This is an excellent text.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By REIdoc on April 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am a clinician scientist and have always had difficulty in relating to pure basic science books. The Molecular Biology of the Gene changed my mind. Outstandingly written chapters with colorful illustrations take you through extremely complex subjects in a breeze. A masterpiece, highly recommended.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Z. Xie on April 7, 2008
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I am a bioinformatian and always look for a reference molecular biology book which not only covers a range of topics but also is clear enough for a reader with limited knowledge of molecular biology. This books is exactly the one I was looking for. Even more, it provides a nice introduction to some basic molecular biology techniques. Highly recommend to any one who wants to know more about molecular biology from other backgrounds.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Elizabeth Thomas on January 7, 2000
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This book gives a better understanding and representation of recombinant DNA procedures. All topics relevant to Molecular Biology of the Gene has been addressed in a lucid manner with excellent description and illustrations. A lot of progress had been made in this field hence. But this is a must buy for students as well as educators of molecular biology.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard L. Nachman on July 6, 2008
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This has been refined over the years to be the gold standard of an educational text . Well worth the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Magus on June 17, 2011
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I'm a physicist who switched to biology.
My adviser gave this book to me to familiarize myself with biology... and I understood everything!
It was clear and scientific, now I suggest it to anyone who wants to understand how the cell works.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Powell on March 10, 2011
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Hands down this is one of the best textbooks I've ever used.

The authors do not bog you down with unnecessary historical or scientific trivia within the body of the text. They get straight to the point and move on to the next. Ancillary data that provides historical or applied context to the science is given in separate parts of the subject matter. It is written in a tone and flow that a novice and an experienced molecular biology student will appreciate.

In addition, the book comes with online supplementary material with short self assessments that are actually useful. They aren't just an after thought. It actual helps with your understanding of the material.The figures and illustrations are of high quality and resolution. I couldn't find an error anywhere in the book.

The only gripe that I have is that it doesn't come with a companion guide that contains exercises and quiz questions that can be used to consolidate and access one's learning. If they came up with this kind of companion, I'd read this book just for pure enjoyment.
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The book came in great condition, it was new, no highlights and it was shipped in a fast way!
I used it for my molecular biology class and it was totally worth buying the book. The online access is worth it too, great animations and it was only $30
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