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DescriptionMolecular Biology: Principles of Genome Function offers a fresh, distinctive approach to teaching one of today's most fascinating scientific subjects. Its perspective reflects the challenge of teaching a subject that is in many ways unrecognizable from the molecular biology of the 20th century--a discipline in which our understanding has advanced immeasurably, but about which many intriguing questions remain.
* A focus on underlying principles--rather than an attempt to offer exhaustive detail--equips students with a robust conceptual framework to which they can add further details from the vast amount of scientific information available today.
* An emphasis on the commonalities that exist between bacteria, archae, and eukaryotes--along with coverage of their differences--provides an accurate depiction of our current understanding of the conserved nature of molecular biology and the variations that underpin biological diversity.
* An integration of key themes and concepts demonstrates how molecular phenomena like chromatin modification and RNA silencing have diverse impacts on genome function. It also helps students to appreciate molecular biology as a unified discipline, with many components and phenomena acting in concert.
* Clear demonstrations of the experimental basis of molecular biology (set off in the text in "Experimental Approach" panels) reflect the central importance of experimental evidence to furthering our understanding of molecular biology. These panels describe pieces of research that have been particularly valuable in elucidating different aspects of the discipline.
* Pedagogical features including full-color, custom-drawn artwork; end-of-chapter summaries; suggested readings grouped by topic; and an extensive glossary of key terms further enhance the text.
* An extensive Companion Website features additional materials for both instructors and students. For adopters of the text: figures from the book, available to download for use in lectures, and "Journal Club," suggested research papers and discussion questions linked to topics featured in the book. For students and instructors: "New and noteworthy"--key highlights from the field, updated for the start of each semester--and a library of three-dimensional models of key molecular structures featured in the book.
"Concise and current. A great text for undergraduates."--Steve Wright, Carson Newman College
"An engaging textbook that is both thorough and interesting; a rare thing today, with textbooks that read like encyclopedias and dictionaries."--Doug Burks, Wilmington University
"This text provides a current, comprehensive, and balanced approach to the topic of molecular biology. The organization of the topics, artwork, and presentation of the material are all very well done. The organization of the chapters allows instructors to present the material at various levels of detail suitable to the background of students."--Rey Sia, Brockport College
"The book summarizes the core information of contemporary molecular biology. Explanations are clear and straightforward, nicely balancing prokaryotic and eukaryotic material. . . . The authors build a coherent framework for understanding molecular biology with its consistent focus on the regulation of gene expression, providing a unifying theme for the book."--Chris Cole, Morris University
"Craig has a more thematic approach which might help our students work through the details."--Aaron Cassill, University of Texas at San Antonio
"I prefer that transcription and translation are covered in single chapters, and not breaking the pathways into prokaryotic and eukaryotic chapters. Thus, I like the way it is covered in this text...Good coverage of DNA repair and recombination. Simplified and easy to follow."--Erik D. Larson, Illinois State University
"The Overview sections of the review text made a favorable impression due to their clarity and focused presentation of essential concepts related to each chapter...A great resource for students, at an affordable price, that covers the essentials of Molecular Biology with clarity...Writing style, clarity of essential information, and price are all superior."--Phillip E. Ryals, University of West Florida
"The text by Craig, Greider, et al. is one of my all-time favorite molecular biology textbooks."
--Michael R. Lieber, University of Southern California
About the Author(s)
Nancy Craig, Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Orna Cohen-Fix, Bethesda, MD, Rachel Green, Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Carol Greider, Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Gisela Storz, Bethesda, MD, and Cynthia Wolberger, Professor, Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry