• Part I. Fundamentals and Foundations
1: An Overview of Cells and Cell Research
2: Molecules and Membranes
3: Bioenergetics and Metabolism
4: Fundamentals of Molecular Biology
5: Genomics, Proteomics, and Systems Biology
• Part II. The Flow of Genetic Information
6: Genes and Genomes
7: Replication, Maintenance, and Rearrangements of Genomic DNA
8: RNA Synthesis and Processing
9: Protein Synthesis, Processing, and Regulation
• Part III. Cell Structure and Function
10: The Nucleus
11: Protein Sorting and Transport: The Endoplasmic Reticulum, Golgi Apparatus, and Lysosomes
12: Mitochondria, Chloroplasts, and Peroxisomes
13: The Cytoskeleton and Cell Movement
14: The Plasma Membrane
15: Cell Walls, the Extracellular Matrix, and Cell Interactions
• Part IV. Cell Regulation
16: Cell Signaling
17: The Cell Cycle
18: Cell Death and Cell Renewal
Teaching cell biology can be a daunting task because the field is so vast and rapidly moving, characterized by a continual explosion of new information. The challenge is how to teach students the fundamental concepts without becoming bogged down in details. Students need to understand the principles of cell biology and be able to appreciate new advances, rather than just memorizing "the facts" as we see them today. At the same time, the material must be presented in sufficient depth to thoughtfully engage students and provide a sound basis for further studies.
The Cell, Seventh Edition, provides a balance of concepts and details that meets the needs of today's students and their teachers. Written by an active scientist and experienced educator, this textbook combines readability and cohesiveness with comprehensive and up-to-date science.
• Written in an efficient and compact style, covering a broad range of material in a direct and pedagogically approachable manner.
• Focuses on the molecular biology of cells as a unifying theme, with topics such as developmental biology, the nervous system, the immune system, and plant biology being discussed as examples of more general principles.
• Features "Key Experiment" and "Molecular Medicine" boxes that highlight the experimental nature of molecular and cellular biology and convey the excitement and medical relevance of research in this area.