Molecular Biology of the Cell

Bruce Alberts, Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis, David Morgan, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, Peter Walter

November 18, 2014 by Garland Science
Textbook - 1464 Pages - 1492 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9780815344322 - CAT# Y103583

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Features

  • Incorporates important new discoveries into a logical and cohesive narrative that provides a conceptual framework for cell biology.
  • Explains newly discovered functions for RNA molecules.
  • Includes the latest findings on the structure and function of the human genome.
  • Explains recent insights into how low-complexity protein sequences help organize the cell interior.
  • Describes powerful new methods, many invented since the last edition, that scientists use to visualize subcellular structures and analyze genes and proteins—with a new section emphasizing the need for mathematics to unravel the complexities of cell function.
  • Incorporates new results that refine our understanding of intracellular organization, membrane structure, dynamics, and transport.
  • Focuses on the fundamental concepts in cell signaling, with emphasis on key principles underlying the circuitry of signaling systems.
  • Describes how the latest discoveries in cytoskeletal protein dynamics apply to key questions in cell structure and polarity.
  • Covers new insights into the causes, genetics, and treatments of cancer—including a discussion of personalized therapies.
  • Adds new sections on timing, growth control, and morphogenesis in the development of multicellular organisms.
  • Features an extensively revised and expanded treatment of stem cell biology and technology—including nuclear reprogramming, ES cells, and iPS cells.

Summary

As the amount of information in biology expands dramatically, it becomes increasingly important for textbooks to distill the vast amount of scientific knowledge into concise principles and enduring concepts.As with previous editions, Molecular Biology of the Cell, Sixth Edition accomplishes this goal with clear writing and beautiful illustrations. The Sixth Edition has been extensively revised and updated with the latest research in the field of cell biology, and it provides an exceptional framework for teaching and learning.

The entire illustration program has been greatly enhanced.Protein structures better illustrate structure–function relationships, icons are simpler and more consistent within and between chapters, and micrographs have been refreshed and updated with newer, clearer, or better images. As a new feature, each chapter now contains intriguing openended questions highlighting “What We Don’t Know,” introducing students to challenging areas of future research. Updated end-of-chapter problems reflect new research discussed in the text, and these problems have been expanded to all chapters by adding questions on developmental biology, tissues and stem cells, pathogens, and the immune system.

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