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For nearly a quarter century Molecular Biology of the Cell has been the leading cell biology textbook. This tradition
continues with the new Fifth Edition, which has been completely revised and updated to describe our current, rapidly
advancing understanding of cell biology. To list but a few examples, a large amount of new material is presented on
epigenetics; stem cells; RNAi; comparative genomics; the latest cancer therapies; apoptosis (now its own separate
chapter); and cell cycle control and the mechanics of M phase (now integrated into one chapter).
The hallmark features of Molecular Biology of the Cell have been retained, such as its consistent and comprehensive art
program, clear concept headings, and succinct section summaries. Additionally, in response to extensive feedback from
readers, the Fifth Edition now includes several new features.
It is now more portable. Chapters 1-20 are printed and Chapters 21-25, covering multicellular systems, are provided
as PDF files on the free Media DVD-ROM which accompanies the book.* And for the first time, Molecular Biology of the
Cell now contains end-of-chapter questions. These problems, written by John Wilson and Tim Hunt, emphasize a
quantitative approach and the art of reasoning from experiments, and they will help students review and extend their
knowledge derived from reading the textbook. The Media DVD-ROM, which is packaged with every copy of the book, contains
PowerPoint® presentations with all of the figures, tables and micrographs from the text (available as JPEGs too). Also
included is the Media Player, which plays over 125 movies―animations, videos, and molecular models―all with voice-over
narration. A new reader-friendly feature is the integration of media codes throughout the text that link directly to
relevant videos and animations. The Media DVD-ROM holds the multicellular systems chapters (21-25) of the text as well.
By skillfully extracting the fundamental concepts from this enormous and ever-growing field, the authors tell the story
of cell biology, and thereby create a coherent framework through which readers may approach and enjoy this subject that
is so central to all of biology.
* There is also a reference edition of Molecular Biology of the Cell, Fifth Edition (ISBN 978-0-8153-4111-6) that
contains Chapters 1-25 entirely in printed format.