Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology was developed to be a readable story that is accessible and interesting for all introductory students. The authors provide a balanced treatment of both classical cell biology and modern molecular biology issues. Students are further presented with historical and experimental approaches to explain the evolution of models and ideas, and to provide actual data for each concept. By first introducing the fundamental principles that guide cellular organization and function, students develop an understanding of concept development. The text supports these principles by providing the crucial scientific evidence that led to the formulation of these central concepts. Finally, this synthesis of new and classic coverage is achieved within a size and style that is easy to read and comprehend by all students. The second edition has been revised to update all scientific content and references, and care was taken during revision to fine tune the writing style. Also new to this edition is a completely revised, full color art program, a glossary of key terms, chapter-opening "Sentence Headings" that provide an overview of the concepts to be discussed, and chapter-ending "Summary of Principal Points" sections that provide an outline of the important material covered in the chapter.
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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 research interests have included studies of differentiation and growth control in cancer cells, the role of chromosomal proteins in gene eukaryotic gene regulation, and the control of gene expression during development. He is the author of over 130 publications, including the Benjamin Cummings textbook Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology and several educational software programs. Among the honors he has received are a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Henry Russell 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.
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