The Manga Guide to Molecular Biology (Paperback)

The Manga Guide to Molecular Biology By Masaharu Takemura, Sakura, Becom Co. Ltd. Cover Image

The Manga Guide to Molecular Biology (Paperback)

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Rin and Ami have been skipping molecular biology class all semester, and Professor Moro has had enough—he's sentencing them to summer school on his private island. But they're in store for a special lesson. Using Dr. Moro's virtual reality machine to travel inside the human body, they'll get a close-up look at the fascinating world of molecular biology.

Join them in The Manga Guide to Molecular Biology, and learn all about DNA, RNA, proteins, amino acids, and more. Along the way, you'll see chemical reactions first-hand and meet entertaining characters like Enzyme Man and Drinkzilla, who show how the liver metabolizes alcohol.

Together with Ami and Rin, you'll learn all about:
–The organelles and proteins inside cells, and how they support cellular functions
–The processes of transcription and translation, and your genes' role in synthesizing proteins
–The pieces that make up our genetic code, like nucleotides, codons, introns, and exons
–The processes of DNA replication, mitosis and cytokinesis
–Genetic technology like transduction and cloning, and the role of molecular biology in medicine

Whether you need a molecular biology refresher or you're just fascinated by the science of life, The Manga Guide to Molecular Biology will give you a uniquely fun and informative introduction.
Masaharu Takemura is a Lecturer at the Tokyo University of Science in biology, molecular biology, and life sciences. A Doctor of Medical Science, Takemura has written several books about biology.
Product Details ISBN: 9781593272029
ISBN-10: 1593272022
Publisher: No Starch Press
Publication Date: August 1st, 2009
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: Manga Guide To...
"A single tortured cry will escape the lips of every thirty-something biochem major who sees The Manga Guide to Molecular Biology: 'Why, oh why couldn't this have been written when I was in college?'"
—The San Francisco Examiner

"If you're in class and need a little help or inspiration in learning a particularly dry molecular biology subject, or if you know someone who does, check out The Manga Guide to Molecular Biology."
—Neatorama

"A fun and entertaining journey through elementary molecular biology, with lots of cartoons, and even some explanations of modern day science that is making waves, like knockout animals, stem cell research, and gene therapy."
—Neurotopia

"This quirky and cute approach sure beats a dry academic text, and may be a great way to attract brainy middle school girls to subjects that will pay off later in their lives."
—The Oakland Press

The Manga Guide to Molecular Biology
"makes it possible for a 10-year-old to develop a decent working knowledge of a subject that sends most college students running for the hills."
—Skepticblog

"This is a well written text that wraps an interesting story around the scholarly quest for understanding and may be recommended for inquisitive young minds."
—Scientific Computing

"If you have an interest in molecular biology for any reason, I highly recommend this manga book."
—AstroNerdBoy's Anime & Manga Blog

"Apart from being a marvelous introduction to molecular biology, this Manga guide is a great example of how graphics can be used to explain complex scientific concepts."
—Linux Users of Victoria

"I enjoyed this book on two different levels. I needed a refresher in molecular biology. . . . I needed the manga tale also, to remind me how small our planet is getting and how transnational science, culture and education are today."
—Dr. Dobb's CodeTalk

"Provides an excellent overview of the main concepts, is a great introduction to the topic, and would be a powerful companion to a standard molecular biology textbook."
—TCM Reviews