Best Molecular Biology Books 2020

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Written by Kelly Roberts

Regardless of whether or not you are a high school student, undergraduate, or graduate student – or just a researcher or scientist looking to get a firmer grasp on the fundamentals of molecular biology – having the best books available to you is critically important.

 Best Molecular Biology Books 2020

Here is a list of some of the best molecular biology books available today which can deepen your knowledge of molecular biology.

Molecular Biology of the Cell (Sixth Edition)

This sixth edition textbook is a fundamental building block of the most serious molecular biology curriculums, and for good reason. Able to distill a tremendous amount of scientific information and knowledge into concise, easily digestible principles and concepts, it is highly recommended.

Essential Cell Biology, 4th Edition

One of the most accessible molecular biology textbooks ever written, this fourth edition textbook helps to clearly lay out the core essentials of cellular biology and molecular biology with crystal-clear writing and picture-perfect illustrations. You’ll find the content to be engaging, easy to digest, and clearly broken down into easily identifiable sections and core lessons.

The Epigenetics Revolution

This particular textbook takes a look at the entire 20+ year history of this specific field in the world of molecular biology, distilling down those decades of research into core tenants and fundamentals that illustrate the importance and value in mapping each individual organism’s genetic code. Written by one of the leading minds in the field, this is a top-tier book that belongs on the desk of all serious molecular biologists.

Foundations in Microbiology

It’s no surprise that a tremendous amount of textbooks on the market today (having to do with molecular biology or any other field of study, for that matter) are frequently written in a very dry, stuffy sort of language – but that won’t be a challenge to overcome here. This book not only lays out the foundational elements of microbiology with real depth but it also does so with very engaging, very accessible, and very entertaining language that makes this resource incredibly popular today. 

Nester’s Microbiology: A Human Perspective

Ideally suited for those that are in a non-major course studying microbiology, as well as allied health students or those with mixed majors, this particular textbook focuses almost exclusively on the basics and core building blocks of microbiology in clear, easy to understand language. This book isn’t quite as focused on the nuances or specific details of every aspect of microbiology the way that some of the other specialized textbooks on this list can be, but it’s a great introduction into the field for sure.

Prescott’s Microbiology

Far and away one of the most commonly recommended microbiology textbooks at colleges and universities around the world, the real strength of this particular book has to be the team of authors that have contributed so much to the text contained within. The scale and scope of this book are unbelievably wide, containing detailed information about almost every aspect of microbiology and serving as an introduction into all of these core areas. Not as specialized as some of the other options, it is certainly one of the best starting points in microbiology.

Reactions: An Illustrated Exploration

Visual learners are going to fall head over heels in love with everything that this title brings to the table, introducing students to the photography of Theodore Gray – a legend in the field. You won’t be able to find these high definition and stunning photos anywhere else in there may not be a better visual resource on the planet than this one when it comes to learning about how molecules interact with one another or how these reactions unfold.

Molecular and Cell Biology For Dummies

 An entry-level title like all others in the “For Dummies” catalog, the beautiful thing about this molecular biology book is that it focuses on reaching people at every level with clear language, accessibility, and a sense of humor that a lot of other traditional textbooks simply do not bring to the table. These books are often the most appreciated by students that are just getting started with a subject or a topic simply because of the accessibility and the humor, helping them to better wrap their heads around more complex concepts from other textbooks with the foundations built in For Dummies.

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