Becker's World of the Cell Technoloy Update, OLP with eText, Global Edition

Jeff Hardin / Gregory Paul Bertoni / Lewis J. Kleinsmith  
July 2015
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For courses in cell biology.

Widely praised for its strong biochemistry coverage, Becker provides a clear, up-to-date introduction to cell biology concepts, processes, and applications.Informed by many years of teaching the introductory cell biology course, the authors have added new emphasis on modern genetic/genomic/proteomic approaches to cell biology while using clear language to ensure that students comprehend the material. Becker provides accessible and authoritative descriptions of all major principles, as well as unique scientific insights into visualization and applications of cell biology. Media icons within the text and figures call attention to an enhanced media selection.


Becker's World of the Cell, Eighth Edition, Technology Update brings the power of MasteringBiology to Cell Biology for the first time. MasteringBiology is an online homework, tutorial and assessment system that delivers self-paced tutorials that provide individualized coaching, focus on your course objectives, and are responsive to each student's progress. The Mastering system helps instructors maximize class time with customizable, easy-to-assign, and automatically graded assessments that motivate students to learn outside of class and arrive prepared for lecture.


MasteringBiology is not included.
Students, if MasteringBiology is a recommended/mandatory component of the course, please ask your instructor for the correct ISBN. MasteringBiology should only be purchased when required by an instructor. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information.


is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment product designed to personalize learning and improve results. With a wide range of interactive, engaging, and assignable activities, students are encouraged to actively learn and retain tough course concepts.


This title is a Pearson Global Edition. The Editorial team at Pearson has worked closely with educators around the world to include content which is especially relevant to students outside the United States.


Up-to-date information has been added on the tools that modern cell biologists use, includes model organisms, bioinformatics, and genomics/proteomics. This discussion in Chapter 1 better establishes the modern, 21st century approach to cell biology while retaining the classical emphasis from previous editions.



Major reorganization of the cell cycle and apoptosis material
includes moving apoptosis from Chapter 14 to Chapter 19 to better match with conventional course syllabi.



Discussions of modern genetic and molecular techniques
provide important insights on cell biology and regenerative medicine including knockout and transgenic mice, stem cells, and the yeast two-hybrid system.



A greater focus is placed on new technologies, such as nanotechnology, bioluminescence, x-ray crystallographic data, and genetic engineering of animals and transgenic plants.


Content updates have been added throughout the book.


Online structural tutorials, animations, and activities have been added to enhance student learning through dynamic visualization.


Media callouts within the textbook direct students to use related online learning resources that are provided at


New Pearson eText and Pearson Custom Library options are available and provide instructors and students with more flexible formats for accessing chapters from the new edition.


PowerPoint Lecture Tools include pre-made lecture outlines containing all of the figures and photos and embedded animations, and 5-10 Personal Response System clicker questions per chapter.


A superior, pedagogically effectiveart program helps students efficiently learn processes and not just the facts, which is exemplified by the consistent use of mini-captions in figures:

  • Text Box Mini-captions describe events taking place in various locations within a diagram.
  • Step Circle Mini-captions point to various steps within a sequential pathway and describe the events occurring at each step.

Multi-level Problem Sets at the end of each chapter help to develop students' abilities to analyze data, make generalizations and predictions, and apply their understanding to new situations.


Techniques are introduced in the context of their use, which assists students' understanding while underscoring the importance of each technique. A Guide to Techniques and Methods on the inside of the front cover helps readers locate the descriptions of experimental techniques and findings that are included in each chapter.


Boxed Features, titled Deeper Insights, Tools of Discovery, and Human Applications, give students insight into intriguing and exciting aspects of cell biology.


 A Bulleted Summary of Key Points appears at the end of each chapter and briefly describes the main points from each section of the chapter.


 Making Connections highlight connections among chapters and help students organize the material and keep sight of major course themes in every chapter.


New to this Edition

Integrated links in every chapter of the textbook will point students to a variety of interactive online materials, including:

  • 240 Reading Quiz Questions, encouraging students to read before class.


  • Over 100 Tutorials and activities that teach complex cell processes


  • Over 100 molecular and microscopy videos, providing vivid images of cellular processes


  • 17 3-D Structural Tutorials that allow students to manipulate molecular structures, with assessment activities


  • All End of Chapter questions, now assignable and automatically gradable


  • Test Bank Questions for every chapter


The e-Text is also available through MasteringBiology, providing access to the complete textbook and providing powerful interactive and customization functions.

Table of Contents

1.A Preview of the Cell

2.The Chemistry of the Cell

3.The Macromolecules of the Cell

4.Cells and Organelles

5. Bioenergetics: The Flow of Energy in the Cell

6.Enzymes: The Catalysts of Life

7.Membranes: Their Structure, Function, and Chemistry

8.Transport Across Membranes: Overcoming the Permeability Barrier

9.Chemotrophic Energy Metabolism: Glycolysis and Fermentation

10. Chemotrophic Energy Metabolism: Aerobic Respiration

11. Phototrophic Energy Metabolism: Photosynthesis

12. The Endomembrane System and Peroxisomes

13. Signal Transduction Mechanisms: I. Electrical and Synaptic Signaling in Neurons

14. Signal Transduction Mechanisms: II. Messengers and Receptors

15. Cytoskeletal Systems

16. Cellular Movement: Motility and Contractility

17. Beyond the Cell: Cell Adhesion, Cell Junctions, and Extracellular Structures

18. The Structural Basis of Cellular Information: DNA, Chromosomes, and the Nucleus

19. The Cell Cycle, DNA Replication, and Mitosis

20. Sexual Reproduction, Meiosis, and Genetic Recombination

21. Gene Expression: I. The Genetic Code and Transcription

22. Gene Expression: II. Protein Synthesis and Sorting

23. The Regulation of Gene Expression

24. Cancer Cells

AppendixVisualizing Cells and Molecules


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