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The Processes of Life: An Introduction to Molecular Biology

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Recent research in molecular biology has produced a remarkably detailed understanding of how living things operate. Becoming conversant with the intricacies of molecular biology and its extensive technical vocabulary can be a challenge, though, as introductory materials often seem more like a barrier than an invitation to the study of life. This text offers a concise and a

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Hardcover, 299 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by MIT Press (MA) (first published January 16th 2009)
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Mike
Dec 25, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it
An excellent, very readable introduction to molecular biology that's particularly appropriate for someone with a technical background. If you don't have any biological training and are interested in understanding what's happening in biology (perhaps you were inspired by George Church's
Regenesis), this is just what you need.

It's hard to call a book like this "amazing"; after all, it's really a textbook, and textbooks aren't amazing by definition. So it's a 4, not a 5. But as a textbook, this is
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Mar 27, 2014 Stijn rated it really liked it
Densely written and often seeming more like an expanded glossary, but that's the nature of the beast (unless you take a special kind of pleasure in 1000+ page Biology textbooks of course). Despite this, this is an impressive overview of the field, with enough food for thought each, say, 10 pages, to keep you going. Be prepared to understand only 30% of the total text (as was the case for me, 31.4% to be precise), but, like the author mentions, to get knowledge in Biology is like traversing a ...more
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