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Cell and Molecular Biology: Concepts and Experiments



  • Gerald Karp


  • Hardcover: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 5 edition (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470042176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470042175
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds




"…a clear introduction to cell and molecular biology at a relatively affordable price." (Cell Biochemistry & Function, September 2003) –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

For sophomore/junior-level courses in cell biology offered out of molecular and/or cell biology departments.
Cell and Molecular Biology gives students the tools they need to understand the science behind cell biology. Karp explores core concepts in considerable depth, and presents experimental detail when it helps to explain and reinforce the concept being explained. This fifth edition continues to offer an exceedingly clear presentation and excellent art program, both of which have received high praise in prior editions. 

Book Info

Undergraduate student textbook on cell and molecular biology. Intended for a one-semester course during the sophomore or junior year. Color illustrations. Chapter synopses, review questions, and analytical questions. –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

The publisher, John Wiley & Sons

Focusing on concepts rather than experimental analysis this excellent textbook uses human examples to make the material more accessible and relevant to students. Provides selected sample experiments which introduce students early on to the scientific method and process of science. Experiments are referenced and described throughout to support concepts being explained by offering historical background. Every chapter contains a section that highlights information gained from cell research and how it affects human lives. Four-color illustrations are designed to be self-contained learning elements. –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Gerald C. Karp received a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. He conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Colorado Medical Center before joining the faculty at the University of Florida. Gerry is the author of numerous research articles on the cell and molecular biology of early development. His interests have included the synthesis of RNA in early embryos, the movement of mesenchyme cells during gas- trulation, and cell determination in slime molds. For 13 years, he taught courses in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology at the University of Florida. During this period, Gerry coauthored a text in developmental biology with N. John Berrill and authored a text in cell and molecular biology. Finding it impossible to carry on life as both full-time professor and author, Gerry gave up his faculty position to concentrate on writing. He hopes to revise this text every three years.



Excellent book!!, January 9, 2006

This review is from: Cell and Molecular Biology: Concepts and Experiments (Hardcover)

This is one of the most complete and easy-to-read book ever! I have studied with Gerald Karp books since I was an undergraduate student (Biochemistry, and Karp book was always by my side, very useful). This book explain the cellular metabolism, structures (cytoskeleton, microtubules, filaments, genes,relations between genes and proteins, DNA repair, cell cycle, cell signalling, lot of concepts that are not easy to understand at first, Karp does it very simple. You will love this book. I can strongly recommend it. Another excellent book I can recommend is Molecular Biology of the CELL by Bruce Alberts….is excellent! and before you take an exam, I will suggest the "Outline of Molecular and Cell Biology" by the Schaum’s series. Well, that’s it for now, I wish you the best in your career (I have been there, I know how hard it can be and choose the proper books!) and always remember, keep working and practicing, because practice make the Master!! 🙂
Your friend,
Laura Fazio
MSc Immunology – Biochemist

Concise story of cell biology, January 4, 2002

This review is from: Cell and Molecular Biology: Concepts and Experiments (Hardcover)

Another introductory book in the biology of the cell. I would say that the book is divided into mainly two sections, Cell structure and DANA, DANA replications etc. Second part takes almost two thirds of the book. I would prefer to read other Gene books when it comes to that point but for the cell structure, it is not bad. Some colored pictures, computer animations makes it easy to visualize things. Sections called "experimental pathways" scattered throughout the text takes you into current issues related to the subject. They are also quite sophisticated issues rather than practical problems. I think this book requires considerable guidance when read alone. I could not call this book as self sufficient or easy to read one compared to books by Alberts or Baltimore.

An excellent introductory book, July 19, 2007

I’ve come to appreciate this book more and more over its succeeding editions. It has now replaced both the Alberts et al. and the Lodish et al. books (both nevertheless excellent) as my favorite textbook on cell and molecular biology.

It is concise, covers a very large range of subjects and has very clear graphics. I think it is better balanced than many of its competitors in the sense that the reader never gets the impression that the author sacrificed certain subjects to give more room to his favorite ones. On many occasions, I was surprised to find things in here that I couldn’t find in the bigger (and more "fundamental") Alberts and Lodish.

It references papers and review articles that are very current, and is very up to date on its content.

I think Gerald Karp is doing a very good job with each new iteration of this book and I will recommend it to my students.