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Essential Cell Biology + Garland Science Learning System Redemption Code

Bruce Alberts, Dennis Bray, Karen Hopkin, Alexander D Johnson, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, Peter Walter
Publication Date:
June 01, 2016
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  • About the Book

    Book Summary

    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.

    Essential Cell Biology, Fourth Edition is additionally supported by the Garland Science Learning System. This homework platform is designed to evaluate and improve student performance and allows instructors to select assignments on specific topics and review the performance of the entire class, as well as individual students, via the instructor dashboard. Students receive immediate feedback on their mastery of the topics, and will be better prepared for lectures and classroom discussions. The user-friendly system provides a convenient way to engage students while assessing progress. Performance data can be used to tailor classroom discussion, activities, and lectures to address students’ needs precisely and efficiently. For more information and sample material, visit



      • Comprehensive scientific update of the entire text and figures in the book.
      • New material on regulatory RNAs, epigenetics, induced pluripotent stem cells, cell suicide and reprogramming, the human genome, and our surprising inheritance from Neanderthals.
      • Based on extensive student feedback, improved discussion and new figures of photosynthesis, metabolism, and DNA repair.
      • Updated coverage of many exciting, new experimental techniques including RNAi, optogenetics, the applications of new DNA sequencing technologies, and the use of mutant organisms to probe the defects underlying human disease.
      • Medically relevant topics include new sections on culturing human cells for clinical work, autism and iPS cells, peroxisomes and disease, cancer changes in key regulatory pathways, as well as expanded coverage of amyloid proteins and their role in Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s diseases, the use of genome sequencing to identify the rare mutations that predispose us to disease, and much more.
      • New and enhanced student self-assessments available online.

      • 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, yet it is written at an introductory level.
      • Concept headings descriptively introduce each section.
      • The updated 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 findings of classical and current experiments.
      • Provocative questions are interspersed throughout the text and at the end of each chapter to test students' understanding and stimulate curiosity (all questions answered in the back of the book).
      • Panels concisely review basic science, principles, pathways, as well as other topics.
      • Key terms in text listed at the end of each chapter.
      • "Essential Concepts" provide a review of each chapter.
      • Contains a detailed, illustrated glossary.


      “Enthralls the reader….Core concepts are explained from first principles in a manner that is lucid and unambiguous....That the authors have assembled a seminal cell biology textbook cannot be disputed….really ought to be an intrinsic part of every bioscience undergraduate’s essential reading.”
      - The Biochemist

      "…the language and terminology used by the authors remain focused at a level appropriate to and accessible by undergraduate students….New users of the textbook will find it accessible and approachable….The instructor resources remain a valuable addition….I highly recommend it to all.”
      - CBE-Life Sciences Education

      "This attractive, accessible, visually oriented text covers the fundamentals of cell biology required to understand biomedical and broader issues that affect students' lives."
      - SciTech Book News

      Essential Cell Biology, fourth edition, provides an up-to-date introduction to the fundamental concepts of cell biology as well as rapidly growing fields such as stem cell biology, development, and cancer....This book is ideal for students taking an introductory cell or molecular biology course, yet is also suitable for individuals looking to simply refresh their understanding of some of the basics of cell biology....Students will gain a broad understanding of biological processes from the latest edition of Essential Cell Biology, which will also help them as they advance to more specialized topics of biology and biomedical research.”Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine

  • Contents

    1. Cells: The Fundamental Units of Life
    2. Chemical Components of Cells
    3. Energy, Catalysis, and Biosynthesis
    4. Protein Structure and Function
    5. DNA and Chromosomes
    6. DNA Replication, Repair, and Recombination
    7. From DNA to Protein: How Cells Read the Genome
    8. Control of Gene Expression
    9. How Genes and Genomes Evolve
    10. Modern Recombinant DNA Technology
    11. Membrane Structure
    12. Transport Across Cell Membranes
    13. How Cells Obtain Energy from Food
    14. Energy Generation in Mitochondria and Chloroplasts
    15. Intracellular Compartments and Protein Transport
    16. Cell Signaling
    17. Cytoskeleton
    18. The Cell Division Cycle
    19. Sexual Reproduction and the Power of Genetics
    20. Cellular Communities: Tissues, Stem Cells, and Cancer
  • Instructor resources

    Instructor resources

    Garland Science Learning System
    The Garland Science Learning System offers high-quality homework and assessment content designed to complement our textbooks. It provides convenient tools for instructors to track the progress of the entire class, as well as individual students, and more precisely tailor lecture and discussion to student needs. Essential Cell Biology will feature approximately 60 quizzes that cover every major section of the book. The quizzes will include feedback on why answers are incorrect, as well as “challenge” questions to test the application and integration of key cell biology concepts.

    Art of Essential Cell Biology, Fourth Edition
    The images from the book are available in two convenient formats: PowerPoint® and JPEG.
    The section headings, concept headings, and figures from the text have been integrated into PowerPoint presentations.

    Figure-Integrated Lecture Outlines
    The section headings, concept headings, and figures from the text have been integrated into PowerPoint presentations.

    Animations and Videos
    The 130+ animations and videos, narrated by Julie Theriot (Stanford University School of Medicine), are available in WMV and QuickTime formats.

    Question Bank
    The revised and expanded question bank includes a variety of question formats: multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, true-false, matching, essay, and challenging “thought” questions. There are approximately 60-70 questions per chapter.

    Diploma® Computerized Question Bank

    The questions from the Essential Cell Biology, Fourth Edition question bank have been loaded into the Diploma test generator software. The software is easy to use and can scramble questions to create multiple tests. Questions are organized by chapter and type, and can be additionally categorized by the instructor according to difficulty or subject. Existing questions can be edited and new ones added. It is compatible with several course management systems, including Blackboard®. The software is available for both Windows and Macintosh to adopting instructors.

    Adapted from the detailed references of Molecular Biology of the Cell, and organized especially for Essential Cell Biology, the References provide a rich compendium of journal and review articles for reference and reading assignments.

    Medical Topics Guide
    This document highlights medically-relevant topics covered throughout the book, and will be particularly useful for instructors with a large number of premedical, health science, or nursing students.

    Media Guide
    This document overviews the multimedia available for students and instructors and contains the text of the voice-over narration for all of the movies.

    Blackboard® and LMS Integration *NEW*
    The movies, book images, and student assessments that accompany the book can be integrated into Blackboard or other learning management systems.  These resources are bundled into a “Common Cartridge” that facilitates bulk uploading of textbook resources into Blackboard and other learning management systems.

  • Student Resources

    Student Resources

    Animations and Videos
    There are over 130 narrated movies, covering a wide range of cell biology topics, which review key concepts in the book and illuminate the cellular microcosm.

    Student Self-Assessments
    The website contains a variety of self-assessment tools to help students. 
    Each chapter has a multiple-choice quiz to test basic reading comprehension. 
    There are also a number of media assessments that require students to respond to specific questions about movies on the website or figures in the book.  *NEW*
    Additional concept questions complement the questions available in the book.  *NEW*
    “Challenge” questions are included that provide a more experimental perspective or require a greater depth of conceptual understanding.  *NEW*

    Cell Explorer
    This application teaches cell morphology through interactive micrographs that highlight important cellular structures.

    Each chapter contains flashcards, built into the website, that allow students to review key terms from the text.

    The complete glossary from the book is available on the website and can be searched or browsed.

    A set of references is available for each chapter for further reading and exploration.

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