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This ISBN is for a loose-leaf, binder-ready version of Essential Cell Biology, Fourth Edition.

Essential Cell Biology provides a readily accessible introduction to the central concepts of cell biology, and its lively, clear writing and exceptional illustrations make it the ideal textbook for a first course in both cell and molecular biology. The text and figures are easy-to-follow, accurate, clear, and engaging for the introductory student. Molecular detail has been kept to a minimum in order to provide the reader with a cohesive conceptual framework for the basic science that underlies our current understanding of all of biology, including the biomedical sciences.

The Fourth Edition has been thoroughly revised, and covers the latest developments in this fast-moving field, yet retains the academic level and length of the previous edition. The book is accompanied by a rich package of online student and instructor resources, including over 130 narrated movies, an expanded and updated Question Bank, and new enhanced assessments for students.

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Editorial Reviews

The Quarterly Review of Biology
This book fills a critical niche in the pedagogical process of introducing cell biology and does an excellent job in reaching its objective.
December 2004, volume 79
An excellent example of designing a textbook for undergraduates and non-biology majors. It is clear, well illustrated, conversational in tone and enjoyable to read and browse through.
October 2004
CBE-Life Sciences Education
College and university professors who have used the previous editions of ECB will be pleased with the new edition. The format and organization are retained but have been infused with fresh images and updated material. It's as if a trusted old friend has come back from an extended vacation with a bright new look and a refreshed attitude. The reader is at once comfortable with and excited by the changes. New users of the textbook will find it accessible and approachable at the professorial and student levels . . . .I highly recommend it to all CBE-Life Sciences Education readers who are also classroom educators.
From the Publisher
“Enthralls the reader….Core concepts are explained from first principles in a manner that is lucid and unambiguous....That the authors have assembled a seminal cell biology textbook cannot be disputed….really ought to be an intrinsic part of every bioscience undergraduate’s essential reading.”
- The Biochemist

"…the language and terminology used by the authors remain focused at a level appropriate to and accessible by undergraduate students….New users of the textbook will find it accessible and approachable….The instructor resources remain a valuable addition….I highly recommend it to all.”
- CBE-Life Sciences Education

"This attractive, accessible, visually oriented text covers the fundamentals of cell biology required to understand biomedical and broader issues that affect students' lives."
- SciTech Book News

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Bruce A. Fenderson, PhD (Thomas Jefferson University)
Description: This is the third edition of an introduction to the exciting world of cell biology. As the authors note, "in our world there is no form of matter more astonishing than the living cell." The book's 20 concise chapters cover topics ranging from membranes and mitochondria to stem cells and cancer.
Purpose: The authors' purpose is to "explain, in a way that can be understood even by a reader approaching modern biology for the first time, how the living cell works." This book is derived in part from the larger textbook by the same authors, Molecular Biology of the Cell, 5th edition (Garland Science, 2008). The value of this abridged book is that it provides "a digestible, straightforward, and engaging account of only the essential principles."
Audience: This is an outstanding companion text for undergraduate and graduate-level courses in cell biology (cellular biochemistry). It is written for students across a wide range of life science disciplines, including developmental biology, biochemistry, and biophysics. The authors are outstanding research scientists, noted authors, and highly regarded educators.
Features: Readers will experience a sense of awe and wonder about life on Earth. The authors are mindful of the ancient evolutionary history of cell structure and function, and they take time to instruct students on innovative and successful approaches to scientific inquiry. Molecular models highlight examples of biological structure. Full-color illustrations and photomicrographs are easy to understand and highlight key points. Open-ended questions throughout the book and at the end of each chapter stimulate critical thinking and application of knowledge. For example, one color-coded question box asks: "How do cells in plant roots survive, since they do not have chloroplasts and are not exposed to sunlight?" (Answers are in the back of the book.) The CD that is included contains video clips, animations, molecular structures and high-resolution photomicrographs — a real treasure trove of ancillary information for students and teachers alike. The inside front cover is filled with helpful information, including a chart of amino acids and their codons, as well as units of measure and other useful constants and conversions. The book also includes a glossary.
Assessment: The authors organize and explain the basic intracellular processes that are critical for life. Large font and colorful graphics make the book student-friendly. It is comprehensive yet concise, and it is polished in every detail, from the lively front cover to colorful illustrations and beautiful photomicrographs that highlight current research. I enjoyed seeing the examples of research methods, such as the use of fluorescent tags and antibodies to reveal the subcellular localization of biomolecules. This book provides a great introduction to cell biology. It is well written, carefully edited, and a joy to read. I highly recommend it for undergraduates and graduate students in the life sciences. Every biology department and health science library should have multiple copies on hand.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815341307
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/31/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 860
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Alberts received his PhD from Harvard University and is Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the editor-in-chief of Science magazine. For 12 years he served as President of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (1993-2005).

Dennis Bray received his PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is currently an active emeritus professor at University of Cambridge. In 2006 he was awarded the Microsoft European Science Award.

Karen Hopkin received her PhD in biochemistry from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and is a science writer in Somerville, Massachusetts. She is a regular columnist for The Scientist and a contributor to Scientific American's daily podcast, "60-Second Science."

Alexander Johnson received his PhD from Harvard University and is Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Director of the Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Developmental Biology Graduate Program at the University of California, San Francisco.

Julian Lewis received his DPhil from the University of Oxford and is an Emeritus Scientist at the London Research Institute of Cancer Research UK.

Martin Raff received his MD from McGill University and is at the Medical Research Council Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology and Cell Biology Unit at University College London.

Keith Roberts received his PhD from the University of Cambridge and was Deputy Director of the John Innes Centre, Norwich. He is currently Emeritus Professor at the University of East Anglia.

Peter Walter received his PhD from The Rockefeller University in New York and is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction to Cells 1
Ch. 2 Chemical Components of Cells 39
Ch. 3 Energy, Catalysis, and Biosynthesis 83
Ch. 4 Protein Structure and Function 119
Ch. 5 DNA and Chromosomes 169
Ch. 6 DNA Replication, Repair, and Recombination 195
Ch. 7 From DNA to Protein: How Cells Read the Genome 229
Ch. 8 Control of Gene Expression 267
Ch. 9 How Genes and Genomes Evolve 293
Ch. 10 Manipulating Genes and Cells 323
Ch. 11 Membrane Structure 365
Ch. 12 Membrane Transport 389
Ch. 13 How Cells Obtain Energy from Food 427
Ch. 14 Energy Generation in Mitochondria and Chloroplasts 453
Ch. 15 Intracellular Compartments and Transport 497
Ch. 16 Cell Communication 533
Ch. 17 Cytoskeleton 573
Ch. 18 Cell-Cycle Control and Cell Death 611
Ch. 19 Cell Division 637
Ch. 20 Genetics, Meiosis, and the Molecular Basis of Heredity 659
Ch. 21 Tissues and Cancer 697
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  • Posted January 1, 2012

    Colorful and Confusing

    The book's cover and diagrams give you the idea it will be a cleanly organized and well formatted textbook. Just kidding! This book is so confusing in layout and in explanations you will be better off looking up the parts of a cell in a dictionary.

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