Essential Cell Biology DVD-ROM


The Essential Cell Biology Media DVD-ROM, packaged with every copy of the book, can be purchased separately. It includes:

Essential Cell Biology Interactive

The Essential Cell Biology Interactive Media Player contains over 130 animations, videos, and molecular models. It also includes a cell explorer program that encourages students to investigate a set of high-resolution ...

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The Essential Cell Biology Media DVD-ROM, packaged with every copy of the book, can be purchased separately. It includes:

Essential Cell Biology Interactive

The Essential Cell Biology Interactive Media Player contains over 130 animations, videos, and molecular models. It also includes a cell explorer program that encourages students to investigate a set of high-resolution micrographs.

Student Self-Quizzes

The quizzing feature, which is new to this edition, allows students to test themselves in basic reading comprehension of each chapter. It is accessed through the Essential Cell Biology Interactive media player.

Movie Vault

The Movie Vault is an archive of movies from the media player in three handy formats: QuickTime®, MPEG, and iPod®.

PowerPoint Presentations

The figures from the book have been pre-loaded into PowerPoint presentations. There is one presentation for each chapter, and the files are located in a folder on the DVD-ROM. The files are also available on Classwire.

JPEG Archive

The individual figures from the book are available in JPEG format. They are organized by chapter in folders on the DVD-ROM.

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Editorial Reviews

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
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
From The Critics
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.
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.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815344599
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/22/2010
  • Format: DVD ROM
  • Edition number: 3
  • Sales rank: 1,020,252
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Alberts received his Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and is a science writer in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Alexander Johnson received his Ph.D. 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 D.Phil. from the University of Oxford and is a Principal Scientist at the London Research Institute of Cancer Research UK.

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

Keith Roberts received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and is Emeritus Fellow at the John Innes Centre, Norwich.

Peter Walter received his Ph.D. from The Rockefeller University in New York and is Professor and Chairman of 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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