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.

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chapter 1|38 pages

Cells: The Fundamental Units of Life

chapter 2|43 pages

Chemical Components of Cells

chapter 3|37 pages

Energy, Catalysis, and Biosynthesis

chapter 4|50 pages

Protein Structure and Function

chapter 5|25 pages

DNA and Chromosomes

chapter 6|26 pages

DNA Replication, Repair, and Recombination

chapter 8|27 pages

Control of Gene Expression

chapter 9|36 pages

How Genes and Genomes Evolve

chapter 10|34 pages

Modern Recombinant DNA Technology

chapter 11|24 pages

Membrane Structure

chapter 12|36 pages

Transport Across Cell Membranes

chapter 13|27 pages

How Cells Obtain Energy from Food

chapter 16|40 pages

Cell Signaling

chapter 17|37 pages


chapter 18|42 pages

The Cell-Division Cycle