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Detailed Look at Molecular Cell Biology
on December 6, 2010
This is a great book for someone who has already had a good introduction to Cell Biology and has an understanding of the cell. But for anyone who is using this as their textbook for a course in Cell biology should be prepared to be overwhelmed by the level of detail. The biggest problem of this book is that Biology is supposed to tell a story, where concepts can be outlined and then details fill in the picture. But with this book, the general concepts are somewhere in the middle of the chapter or at the end of each section and so you have to do a lot of page-flipping. If you want to know about a certain organelle, say, you have to go through several chapters in the book in order to really get a clear picture of it. There is supplementary material on the website than anyone can sign up for, but sometimes it does not correspond to the book and animations for pathways and mechanisms are sparse. Terms that are in bold often do not have definitions in the back of the book, and the index is not complete. Sections may be missing important diagrams that could potentially help students. However, the questions at the end of each chapter are helpful so it's not a complete trainwreck.
However, if you are willing and able to put in the extra work to try and decipher it, it could be a good reference or a supplement for a less detailed textbook.