I'd like to know, what is the best list of books for non-biologist to understand, how signalling between organels is organized inside of eukaryotic cells. I really want to get how cell as separate system works until apoptosis happen.

Of course, any useful online courses (like MIT ocw) are appreciated.


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If you want to learn about cells in detail from scratch to advanced level I recommend you two books:

  1. Molecular Biology of the Cell, 6th Edition. 2014. Bruce Alberts, Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis, David Morgan, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, Peter Walter http://www.garlandscience.com/product/isbn/9780815344322
  2. Essential Cell Biology, 4th Edition. 2013. Bruce Alberts, Dennis Bray, Karen Hopkin, Alexander D Johnson, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, Peter Walter (This can probably be considered the "light" version of the first book above) http://www.garlandscience.com/product/isbn/9780815344544

Then if you really want to put everything you learn into practice and learn them in-depth, you can try the Problems Book of the first book mentioned above:

  1. Molecular Biology of the Cell 6E - The Problems Book. John Wilson, Tim Hunt garlandscience.com/product/isbn/9780815344537


  1. Crash Course in Biology -- on YouTube
  2. Introduction to Biology - The Secret of Life -- available on exd.org -- provided by MIT
  3. Simply just search for "Biology" on coursera.org and you will find dozens of good courses

Finally, I highly encourage you to look into the first book I mentioned (Molecular Biology of the Cell, 6th Edition). It's a fantastic book and it will teach you much about biology and cells.


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