Essential Genes:International Edition

Prentice Hall
Benjamin Lewin  
Total pages
May 2005
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For courses in Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics, and Gene Regulation.


Two decades ago Benjamin Lewin's Genes revolutionized the teaching of molecular biology and molecular genetics by introducing a unified approach to bacteria and higher organisms.  Essential GENES continues the tradition ofremaining at the cutting edge of molecular biology, covering gene structure, organization, and expression.


Essential GENES begins with the sequence of the human and other genomes and starts with complete coverage of recent advances in genomics. The coverage of genomics is then integrated throughout the text.


In striving for currency, Essential GENES includes the latest coverage of genome organization, DNA replication, gene regulation and many other new topics.


  • Integration of Genomics-Begins with sequencing of human and other genomes allowing for complete integration of advances in genomics throughout the text.
    • Provides a more current and cutting edge introduction to molecular biology.
  • Less detail throughout.  Contains the essence of concepts in almost all cases.   No chapters on cell biology per se are included in this book.
  • Sharper focus on the molecular biology of the gene
    • Takes as its finishing point the production of protein
  • New coverage not found in Genes VIII:
    • Chapter on Biotechnology
    • Chapter on Epigenetic Effects
  • Unique website provides for continual updates-( Includes an E-book enhanced with weekly updates and flash illustrations.
    • Includes access to Genes VIII as well as Essential GENES.  A concordance feature allows easy comparison of sections in Essential GENES with Genes VIII.  This allows students who want greater detail in some sections to simply read more in Genes VIII.
    • Includes access to Great Experiments and Experimental Techniques (for those who want greater focus on experimental aspects of molecular biology than is in the text).  Great Experiments are written by many of the outstanding people in molecular biology, including (many of them Nobel Prize winners): Roger Kornberg, Philip Sharp, Mark Ptashne, Tom Cech, Gunther Blobel, Stanley Cohen, Harry Noller, Yoshio Masui, Tim Hunt, Arnold Levine, Leroy Hood, Mark Davis, Eric Kandel, plus many more.
    • Weekly electronic updates keep professors and students continually apprised of the latest developments in the field.
    • Hyperlinks provide access to the original research wherever possible.
    • Multiple views allow professors or students to view the online material in the way that is best suited to their teaching/learning style, from straight text to visual slides or a combination of both.
  • Unified approach -Takes a unified approach to bacteria and higher organisms.
    • Allows for a comparison of similar structure and function among prokaryotes and eukaryotes.
  • All new illustrations.
    • Enhances and clarifies every conceptual point, from simple introductions to more complex conclusions.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Genes

1 DNA Is the Hereditary Material

2 Genes Code for Proteins

3 Genes May Be Interrupted

4 The Content of the Genome

5 Genome Sequences and Gene Numbers

6 Clusters and Repeats


Part 2 Proteins

7 Messenger RNA

8 Protein Synthesis

9 Using the Genetic Code

10 Protein Localization Requires Special Signals


Part 3 Gene Expression

11 Transcription

12 The Operon

13 Regulatory RNA

14 Phage Strategies


Part 4 DNA Replication and Recombination

15 The Replicon

16 Extrachromosomal Replicons

17 Bacterial Replication Is Connected to the Cell Cycle

18 DNA Replication

19 Homologous and Site-Specific Recombination

20 Repair Systems Handle Damage to DNA

21 Transposons

22 Retroviruses and Retroposons

23 Recombination in the Immune System


Part 5 Eukaryotic Gene Expression

24 Promoters and Enhancers

25 Regulating Eukaryotic Transcription

26 RNA Splicing and Processing

27 Catalytic RNA


Part 6 The Nucleus

28 Chromosomes

29 Nucleosomes

30 Chromatin Structure Is a Focus for Regulation

31 Epigenetic Effects Are Inherited

32 Genetic Engineering