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New in the Third Edition

  • Completely updated throughout.
  • Based on student and instructor feedback, the Third Edition now includes:
    • Integration of cell cycle and cell division into a single chapter.
    • Improved treatment of thermodynamics and energetics.
    • Integration of multi-media throughout text.
    • The addition of a quizzing feature to the Media Player.
  • Greater focus on regulation, including new material on chromosome structure and epigenetics, post-transcriptional control (riboswitches, microRNAs, and RNAi), and metabolic controls.
  • Additional attention to disease and medicine, including new material on quality control in protein production, cell-cell recognition, genetic variation, cancer treatments, and enhanced coverage of stem cells and their potential to treat disease.
  • New treatment of genome evolution and comparative genomics.
  • New coverage of modern recombinant DNA and cell visualization technologies.
  • New “How We Know” sections.
  • Revised Question Bank for instructors including questions that can be used with student response systems (i.e. clickers).

Hallmark Features

  • The authors are known worldwide for their research, teaching, writing, and leadership in science and science education.
  • The text reflects the accuracy, authority, and currency of the renowned Molecular Biology of the Cell, but it is written at an introductory level.
  • Concept headings descriptively introduce each section.
  • The art program emphasizes central concepts without unnecessary detail.
  • "How We Know" sections in every chapter introduce experimental science by explaining both the methods and scientific intuition of classical and current experiments.
  • Questions interspersed throughout and at the end of each chapter test students' understanding and stimulate curiosity (all questions answered in the back of the book).
  • Panels that concisely review basic science, principles, pathways, as well as other topics.
  • Key terms in text listed at the end of each chapter.
  • Detailed, illustrated glossary.
  • "Essential Concepts" review for each chapter.