- Hardcover: 973 pages
- Publisher: W. H. Freeman; 7th edition (May 2, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 142923413X
- ISBN-13: 978-1429234139
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1.8 x 11.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Molecular Cell Biology 7th Edition
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The book is divided into three sections:
1) Chemical and Molecular Foundations (3 chapters)
2) Genetics and Molecular Biology (5 chapters)
3) Cell Structure and Function (11 chapters)
4) Cell Growth and Development (5 chapters)
The first section is mostly a review of topics from introductory biology with additional details. For example, it briefly illustrates how a binding pocket on an enzyme works.
The second section reviews transcription, translation, overviews important lab techniques, epigenetics, and how gene expression is controlled.
The third section covers cell structure and function in detail. It covers membrane structure, organelle structure, vesicular traffic, signaling pathways, and the cell cycle (among other topics).
The final section builds on the previous sections by discussing tissues formation, stems cells, nerve cells, immunology, and cancer.
I used this book for an undergraduate Cell Biology course at a research university, and I read almost every page. It gave me exactly the foundation I needed to boost my bioinformatics research.
I like the book itself, but I like the subject and so might be biased. It will sit on my shelf as a reference for a long time. But if I had it to do over, I would buy the hardback version, used.