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The World of the Cell, Fourth Edition, helps students understand and enjoy cell biology. Focusing on core concepts, the authors present solid information without being encyclopedic. Thoroughly updated, the Fourth Edition continues the text's tradition of clarity and readability, and extends its effectiveness as a learning tool by dividing material in each chapter into a series of conceptual sections, each introduced by a sentence heading that summarizes the concept.
Wayne M. Becker teaches cell biology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His interest in textbook writing grew out of notes, outlines, and problem sets that he assembled for his students, culminating in Energy and the Living Cell, a paperback text on bioenergetics published in 1977, and The World of the Cell, the first edition of which appeared in 1986. He earned all his degrees at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. All three degrees are in biochemistry, an orientation that is readily discernible in his textbooks. His research interests have been in plant molecular biology, focused specifically on the regulation of the expression of genes that encode enzymes of the photorespiratory pathway. His interests in teaching, learning, and research have taken him on sabbatical leaves at Harvard University, Edinburgh University, the University of Indonesia, the University of Puerto Rico, Canterbury University in Christchurch, New Zealand, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Chancellor's Award For Distinguished Teaching, and a Visiting Scholar Award from the Royal Society of London. Lewis J. Kleinsmith is a professor of biology at the University of Michigan, where he has served on the faculty since receiving his Ph.D. from Rockefeller University in 1968. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Henry Russel Award, a Michigan Distinguished Service Award, several citations for outstanding teaching from the Michigan Students Association, a Thurnau Professorship, and a Best Curriculum Innovation Award from the EDUCOM Higher Education Software Awards Competition. Jeff Hardin received his Ph.D. in biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley, and pursued postdoctoral work at Duke University. In 1991 he joined the faculty of the Zoology Department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he is currently an associate professor. His teaching awards include a Lily Teaching Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award.
Table of Contents
About the Authors
Guide to Techniques and Methods
Part One The World of the Cell: An Overview of Structure and Function
A Preview of the Cell
The Chemistry of the Cell
The Macromolecules of the Cell
Cells and Organelles
Bioenergetics: The Flow of Energy in the Cell
Enzymes: The Catalysts of Life
Part Two Membranes and Cell Signaling
Membranes: Their Structure, Function, and Chemistry
Transport Across Membranes: Overcoming the Permeability Barrier
Signal Transduction Mechanisms: I. Electrical Signals in Nerve Cells
Signal Transduction Mechanisms: II. Messengers and Receptors
Beyond the Cell: Extracellular Structures, Cell Adhesion, and Cell Junctions
Intracellular Compartments: The Endoplasmic Reticulum, Golgi Complex, Endosomes, Lysosomes, and Peroxisomes
Part Three Energy Flow in Cells
Chemotrophic Energy Metabolism: Glycolysis and Fermentation
Chemotrophic Energy Metabolism: Aerobic Respiration
Phototropic Energy Metabolism: Photosynthesis
Part Four Information Flow in Cells
The Structural Basis of Cellular Information: DNA, Chromosomes, and the Nucleus
The Cell Cycle: DNA Replication, Mitosis, and Cancer
Sexual Reproduction, Meiosis, and Genetic Recombination
Gene Expression: I. The Genetic Code and Transcription
Gene Expression: II. Protein Synthesis and Sorting