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Cell Biology: A Short Course, 2nd Edition


This text tells the story of cells as the unit of life in a colorful and student-friendly manner, taking an "essentials only" approach. By using the successful model of previously published Short Courses, this text succeeds in conveying the key points without overburdening readers with secondary information. The authors (all active researchers and educators) skillfully present concepts by illustrating them with clear diagrams and examples from current research. Special boxed sections focus on the importance of cell biology in medicine and industry today. This text is a completely revised, reorganized, and enhanced revision of From Genes to Cells.


Instructor Notes.

1. Cells and Tissues.

2. From Water to DNA: The Chemistry of Life.

3. Membranes and Organelles.

4. DNA Structure and the Genetic Code.

5. DNA As A Data Storage Medium.

6. Transcription and the Control of Gene Expression.

7. Recombinant DNA and Genetic Engineering.

8. Manufacturing Protein.

9. Protein Structure.

10. Intracellular Protein Trafficking.

11. How Proteins Work.

12. Energy Trading Within the Cell.

13. Metabolism.

14. Ions and Voltages.

15. The Action Potential.

16. Intracellular Signaling.

17. Intercellular Communication.

18. Mechanical Molecules.

19. Cell Cycle and the Control of Cell Number.

20. Case Study: Cystic Fibrosis.

Appendix: Channels and Carriers.



Completely rewritten, reorganized, and enhanced revision of From Genes to Cells.
“As well as covering key principles it incorporates some great stories such as ‘Curing Mad Mice with Smelly Fish.’”  (Journal of Biological Education, 2005)
  • A unified presentation of cell biology in both medicine and industry with extensive cross-referencing.
  • Copious illustrations that make course material clear and easy to understand.
  • Numerous boxed inserts tie concepts to real-world research and developments in medicine and industry.
  • A detailed, complete description of intercellular signaling.
  • A full case study using the example of cystic fibrosis.
  • Review questions with answers at the end of each chapter, plus a full glossary of key words and phrases.