Written for the more concise course, Tropp’s Principles of Molecular Biology (PDF) is modeled after Burton Tropp’s successful Molecular Biology: Genes to Proteins and is appropriate for the sophomore level course. The expert author begins with an introduction to molecular biology, discussing what it is and how it relates to applications in “real life” with examples pulled from industry and medicine. An overview of protein structure and function follows, and from there the textbook covers the various roles of technology in elucidating the central concepts of molecular biology, from both a contemporary perspective. Tropp then delves into the heart of the book with chapters focused on chromosomes, replication, genetics, recombination, DNA repair and damage, transcription, transposition, and wraps up with translation.
- An end-of-chapter study guide includes questions for discussion and review
- Special Topic boxes throughout focus on applications in medicine and technology
- Difficult or complicated concepts are called-out in boxes to further explain and simplify
- Presents molecular biology from a biochemical perspective, using model systems, as they best describe the processes being discussed
- Presents “real world” applications of molecular biology that are necessary for students continuing on to medical school or the biotech industry