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.



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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