Molecular Biology of the Cell (textbook)

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Molecular Biology of the Cell
Peter Walter, Julian Lewis, Alexander Johnson, Martin Raff - from Flickr 2195862704.jpg
Authors Peter Walter, Julian Lewis, Alexander Johnson and Martin Raff (from left to right)
Author Bruce Alberts, Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis, David Morgan, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, Peter Walter
Subject Cell biology
Publisher Garland Science
Publication date
December 2014
Pages 1464 pp (sixth edition)
ISBN ISBN 978-0-8153-4432-2 (hardcover), ISBN 978-0-8153-4524-4 (loose-leaf)
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LC Class QH581.2 .M64 2015

Molecular Biology of the Cell is a cellular and molecular biology textbook published by Garland Science and currently authored by Bruce Alberts, Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis (deceased), David Morgan, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts and Peter Walter. The book was first published in 1983 and is now in its sixth edition. James Watson contributed to the first three editions.

Molecular Biology of the Cell is widely used in introductory courses at the university level, being considered as a reference in many libraries and laboratories around the world. It describes the current understanding of cell biology and includes basic biochemistry, experimental methods for investigating cells, the properties common to most eukaryotic cells, the expression and transmission of genetic information, the internal organization of cells, and the behaviour of cells in multicellular organisms.[1] Molecular Biology of the Cell has been described as “the most influential cell biology textbook of its time”.[2] The sixth edition is dedicated to the memory of co-author Julian Lewis who died in early 2014.

The fourth edition is free online and can be searched at the National Center for Biotechnology Information bookshelf.

Table of contents[edit]

Part I - Introduction to the Cell

1. Cells and Genomes

2. Cell Chemistry and Bioenergetics

3. Proteins

Part II - Basic Genetic Mechanisms

4. DNA, Chromosomes, and Genomes

5. DNA Replication, Repair, and Recombination

6. How Cells Read the Genome: From DNA to Protein

7. Control of Gene Expression

Part III - Ways of Working with Cells

8. Analyzing Cells, Molecules, and Systems

9. Visualizing Cells

Part IV Internal Organization of the Cell

10. Membrane Structure

11. Membrane Transport of Small Molecules and the Electrical Properties of Membranes

12. Intracellular Compartments and Protein Sorting

13. Intracellular Membrane Traffic

14. Energy Conversion: Mitochondria and Chloroplasts

15. Cell signaling

16. The Cytoskeleton

17. The Cell Cycle

18. Cell Death

Part V - Cells in their Social Context

19. Cell Junctions and the Extracellular Matrix

20. Cancer

21. Development of Multicellular Organisms

22. Stem Cells, and Tissue Renewal

23. Pathogens, and Infection

24. The Innate and Adaptive Immune System


  1. ^ Garland Science Website -
  2. ^ Friedberg, Errol C. (2004). The Writing Life of James D. Watson. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.

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