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I am looking for video lectures to go through to guide my reading in intro molecular and cellular biology. I've had intro bio and I study evolutionary theory, but my molecule- and cell-level knowledge is weak.

I'm finding it impossible to know where to look in a big book like Alberts, or to read Lodish without a guide, so I really need lectures to help me out. I've tried the MIT OCW assignments and a few other similar sites, but I can't seem to find a course that includes lectures. Does anyone know of any? Ideally they'd follow Watson et al. for molecular and Lodish for cellular, but I can find other textbooks too.

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MIT's OCW is weak when it comes to biology videos.

UC Berkeley has some good video content for molecular and cell biology.

UCSD, if I recall correctly, has had some pretty good life science lectures available online to the public, as well. Possibly also UCLA.

iTunes U is your friend here. Unfortunately, to really take advantage of it, you need to download iTunes -- but it's worth it. The last time I looked, there was more there than I could possibly watch, and that was 4 years ago.

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MIT OpenCourseWare provides very interesting material, and not only on biology.

You may be interested in seeing the video lectures from some of the Introductory biology courses, such as this one, this one or this other one.

There is, however, much more, check out the index of the available material for biology.

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These are some of my favorite biology learning resources:

iBioSeminars

Academic Earth - Biology

Others include: Khan Academy - Biology, HHMI BioInteractive video collections, Wellcome Trust education resources.

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This one is not precisely molecular and cell biology, but rather systems biology. It might help you as some kind of introduction, though:

Systems biology lecture 1

Also, if you are really really new to the subject, you can probably use "Molecular and Cell Biology for Dummies".

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While not exclusively cell and molecular biology, I would also like to add the Journal of Visualized Experiments. It's like Youtube for experiments. :)

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The Journal of Visualized Experiments (jove.com) is excellent but based on experimental protocols.

ItunesU also has great resources. Stay away from youtube - a lot of people there don't know what they are talking about.

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I recommend two YouTube channels.

  • Shomu's Biology. Probably the channel with the most extensive coverage of biology, but the guy explaining it has a very thick accent that is sometimes hard to follow.
  • AK Lectures. Its main focus is on metabolism and physiology. I personally find it easy to understand.
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