Essential Cell Biology, 5th International Student Edition

ISBN: 9780393680393

This text features lively, clear writing and exceptional illustrations, making it the ideal textbook for a first course in both cell and molecular biology. Thoroughly revised and updated, the Fifth Edition maintains its focus on the latest cell biology research.


  • The authority of Molecular Biology of the Cell, written for introductory students: The author team is world renowned for their research, teaching, writing, and leadership in science and science education. Essential Cell Biology contains the perfect balance of the scientific authority that these authors command with accessible prose and a precise, dynamic visual program. The result is a text that is perfectly suited for introductory cell biology courses.
  • Always current, with cutting-edge new research: The text has been thoroughly revised to cover the latest developments in this fast-moving field such as CRISPR, cryo-electron microscopy, and culturing human organoids. Yet it retains the academic level and length of previous editions.
Bruce Alberts
Karen Hopkin
Alexander D Johnson
David Morgan
Martin Raff
Keith Roberts
Peter Walter
Chapter 1. Cells: The Fundamental Units of Life
Chapter 2. Chemical Components of Cells
Chapter 3. Energy, Catalysis, and Biosynthesis
Chapter 4. Protein Structure and Function
Chapter 5. DNA and Chromosomes
Chapter 6. DNA Replication and Repair
Chapter 7. From DNA to Protein: How Cells Read the Genome
Chapter 8. Control of Gene Expression
Chapter 9. How Genes and Genomes Evolve
Chapter 10. Analyzing the Structure and Function of Genes
Chapter 11. Membrane Structure
Chapter 12. Transport Across Cell Membranes
Chapter 13. How Cells Obtain Energy from Food
Chapter 14. Energy Generation in Mitochondria and Chloroplasts
Chapter 15. Intracellular Compartments and Protein Transport
Chapter 16. Cell Signaling
Chapter 17. Cytoskeleton
Chapter 18. The Cell-Division Cycle
Chapter 19. Sexual Reproduction and Genetics
Chapter 20. Cellular Communities: Tissues, Stem Cells, and Cancer
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