Many students and educated lay people who require an introductory account of cell biology would find MBoC too detailed for their needs. Essential Cell Biology (ECB), in contrast, is designed to provide the fundamentals of cell biology that are required by anyone to understand both the biomedical and the broader biological issues that affect our lives.
This fourth edition has been extensively revised. We have brought every part of the book up to date, with new material on regulatory RNAs, induced pluripotent stem cells, cell suicide and reprogramming, the human genome, and even Neanderthal DNA. In response to student feedback, we have improved our discussions of photosynthesis and DNA repair (Essential Cell Biology 4th Edition; Bruce Alberts, Dennis Bray, Karen Hopkin, Alexander D. Johnson, Julian Lewis; Garland Science ; Preface: Page v)