Authors: Jeff Hardin, Ph.D; Gregory Bertoni, Ph.D; Lewis J. Kleinsmith, Ph.D
: Pearson – 793 pages
Book Review by
: Deekay Daulat

This is a textbook on cell biology applications, concepts and processes. It is based on many years of the authors’ teaching introductory cell biology courses at the undergraduate college level. The book has a strong basis in biochemistry, and is written in clear language, something that is rare in academic works.

The authors of this book declare at the beginning of this book in the Preface that they are very much interested in helping you, the undergraduate student of cell biology, learn. The authors say specifically to you that they as teachers:

  • Enjoy interacting with biology undergrads
  • Think biology students should have books that are written clearly
  • Make the subject matter relevant to students
  • Share what they already know about cell biology
  • Show students how much more needs to be investigated and discovered.

You as a student of cell biology can gain more from this book, including improving your course grade, and scoring high on exams by accessing content online. So, after purchase, follow these steps to register your copy of this book:

  1. Go to
  2. Click “Register”
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to create your login name and password

You will need the access code to register your book. Get this code by rubbing off the gray strip at the front of the book. Once you’re on the website indicated above, click on “Log In,” pick your book cover, enter your login name and password, and click “Log In.”

What are the main benefits of registration to you, the student? You can:

  • Prepare for exams using chapter review quizzes
  • Grasp difficult concepts with structural tutorials, animations, and activities
  • Learn at your pace using self-study and practice exercises
  • Master key terms and vocabulary
  • Access your text online 24/7

All the 24 chapters of this book have additions, alterations, and updates in this latest edition. You will find eight new features in this eighth edition. The first five are in the print version and the other three are in the online content.

  • New, up-to-date information has been added
  • Major reorganization of the cell cycle and apoptosis material
  • New discussions of modern genetic and molecular technologies
  • Content updates
  • New, In-text media callouts
  • New online videos, 3D structure tutorials, animations, and activities
  • New Pearson E-text
  • New PowerPoint Lecture Tools

This book is an important and valuable achievement of four very dedicated and intelligent educators:

Jeff Nardin is is Professor and Chair of the Zoology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also faculty director of the Biology Core Curriculum, a four-semester honors biology sequence for undergraduates. His research interests center on how cells migrate and adhere to one another ti change the shape of animal embryos.

Gregory Bertoni has been active in teaching, research, and scientific writing for over a quarter century. He earned a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught students in introductory and graduate-level biochemistry, sophome cell biology, and plant pathology

Lewis J. Kleinsmith is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Emeritus of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan, where he served on the faculty since receiving his PhD from Rockefeller University in 1968. His teaching experiences have involved courses in introductory biology, cell biology, cancer biology.

Wayne M. Becker taught cell biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for 30 years until his retirement. His interest in textbook writing grew out of notes, outlines, and problem sets that he assembled for his students, culminating in Energy and the Living Cell, a paperback text on bioenergetics published in 1977, and The World of the Cell, the first edition of which appeared in 1986. He earned all his degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This text builds on his foundation, and is inspired by his legacy.