Becker's World of the Cell, Global Edition, 9th Edition

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Becker's World of the Cell, Global Edition, 9th Edition

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For courses in cell biology.

Widely praised for its strong biochemistry coverage and clear, easy-to-follow explanations and figures, Becker’s World of the Cell provides a beautifully-illustrated, up-to-date introduction to cell biology concepts, processes, and applications. Informed by many years of classroom experience in the sophomore-level cell biology course, the dramatically-revised 9th Edition introduces molecular genetics concepts earlier in the text and includes more extensive coverage of key techniques in each chapter. Becker’s World of the Cell provides accessible and authoritative descriptions of all major principles, as well as unique scientific insights into visualisation and applications of cell and molecular biology.

  • Reorganisation of cell signaling, cell division, and cell cycle regulation materials, including moving the molecular genetics material to an earlier position, more tightly integrates these topics with coverage of many topics in the last sections of the text. Topics that relate to the regulation of gene and protein expression are now more naturally integrated into the discussion of cell signaling and cell cycle control, which now come immediately before the chapter on cancer.
  • Reorganisation of molecular biology material includes moving the molecular genetics chapters to earlier in the book, and contains substantial new material on chromosomes, mechanisms of DNA mutation and repair, and mobile genetics elements.
  • Chapter on molecular techniques that focuses on the tools or the key technologies cell biologists use to analyse and manipulate DNA, genomes, RNA and proteins, and gene function.
  • Twenty-six Key Technique boxes in every chapter are integrated throughout the text, demonstrating how cutting-edge technologies can be used to answer outstanding questions in Cell Biology.
  • Twenty-four Human Connection boxes incorporate human examples and show the relevance of Cell Biology to human health and societal issues, from the human story of Henrietta Lacks to the relevance of biochemical pathways to our diet, to the many cases in which cell biology informs diagnosis and treatment of human disease.
  • Concept Check questions enable students to check their understanding using the Concept Check questions after reading a main concept section. There is one question at the end of every main heading in the text and questions throughout each chapter encourage students to actively read the text. Answers to these questions are available at the back of the book.
  • Quantitative questions in every chapter infuse a quantitative component throughout the text. New and existing quantitative questions are flagged at the end of each chapter to encourage students to work on developing their ability to perform or interpret a calculation.
  • Content updates have been added throughout the book highlighting the most recent advances in the understanding of cell biology.
  • Design including an updated art program gives drawings a more dynamic and inviting look. Striking new chapter opening images draw students into the topic of each chapter. New figures based on recent molecular structures have been added in several key locations.
Table of contents
  • 1. Introduction to Cell Biology
  • 2. Cells and Organelles
  • 3. The Chemistry of the Cell
  • 4. The Macromolecules of the Cell
  • 5. Bioenergetics: The Flow of Energy in the Cell
  • 6. Enzymes: The Catalysts of Life
  • 7. Membranes: Their Structure, Function, and Chemistry
  • 8. Transport Across Membranes: Overcoming the Permeability Barrier
  • 9. Chemotrophic Energy Metabolism I: Glycolysis and Fermentation
  • 10. Chemotrophic Energy Metabolism II: Aerobic Respiration
  • 11. Phototrophic Energy Metabolism: Photosynthesis
  • 12. The Endomembrane System and Protein Trafficking
  • 13. Cytoskeletal Systems
  • 14. Cellular Movement: Motility and Contractility
  • 15. Beyond the Cell: Cell Adhesions, Cell Junctions, and Extracellular Structures
  • 16. The Structural Basis of Cellular Information: DNA, Chromosomes, and Genome Organization
  • 17. DNA Replication, Repair, and Recombination
  • 18. Gene Expression I: The Genetic Code and Transcription
  • 19. Gene Expression II: Protein Synthesis and Sorting
  • 20. Regulation of Gene Expression
  • 21. Molecular Biology Techniques
  • 22. Signal Transduction Mechanisms I: Electrical and Synaptic Signaling in Neurons
  • 23. Signal Transduction Mechanisms II: Messengers and Receptors
  • 24. The Cell Cycle
  • 25. Sexual Reproduction
  • 26. Cancer
  • Appendix – Visualizing Cells and Molecules
  • Glossary
  • Photo, Illustration, and Text Credits
  • Index