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Molecular Biology

Molecular Biology

David P. Clark


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Molecular Biology: Academic Cell Update provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of molecular biology and its applications. It deliberately covers a broad range of topics to show that molecular biology is applicable to human medicine and health, as well as veterinary medicine, evolution, agriculture, and other areas. The present Update includes the study guide with online content, journal specific images, and test bank. It also offers vocabulary flashcards and online self-quizzing called Test Prep.
The book begins by defining some basic concepts in genetics such as biochemical pathways, phenotypes and genotypes, chromosomes, and alleles. It explains the characteristics of cells and organisms, DNA, RNA, and proteins. It also describes genetic processes such as transcription, recombination and repair, regulation, and mutations. The chapters on viruses and bacteria discuss their life cycle, diversity, reproduction, and gene transfer. Later chapters cover topics such as molecular evolution; the isolation, purification, detection, and hybridization of DNA; basic molecular cloning techniques; proteomics; and processes such as the polymerase chain reaction, DNA sequencing, and gene expression screening.

*Now with an online study guide with the most current, relevant research from Cell Press 

*Full supplements including test bank, powerpoint and online self quizzing

*Up to date description of genetic engineering, genomics, and related areas * Basic concepts followed by more detailed, specific applications * Hundreds of color illustrations enhance key topics and concepts * Covers medical, agricultural, and social aspects of molecular biology * Organized pedagogy includes running glossaries and keynotes (mini-summaries) to hasten comprehension

"This is an excellent book. It is very lucidly written. Clark covers a suitable set of topics, and treats each topic very thoroughly...He is very up-to-date in his coverage of the material."
- John G. Burr, University of Texas at Dallas
"This textbook is very comprehensive, covering nearly all aspects of molecular biology and genetics. The textbook excels in defining key terms in a clear and understable way...The sprinkling of little side stories...keeps the reader interested, and kept me glued throughout the text."
- B. Franklin Pugh, Penn State University
"The author did a very good job covering this vast subject and offered many insightful perspectives."
- John F. Cannon, University of Missouri