10 Best Books for Instrumentation and Biotechniques


1. Principles and Techniques of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Author: by Keith Wilson (Author)

This best-selling undergraduate textbook provides an introduction to key experimental techniques from across the biosciences. It uniquely integrates the theories and practices that drive the fields of biology and medicine, comprehensively covering both the methods students will encounter in lab classes and those that underpin recent advances and discoveries. Its problem-solving approach continues with worked examples that set a challenge and then show students how the challenge is met. New to this edition are case studies, for example, that illustrate the relevance of the principles and techniques to the diagnosis and treatment of individual patients. Coverage is expanded to include a section on stem cells, chapters on immunochemical techniques and spectroscopy techniques, and additional chapters on drug discovery and development, and clinical biochemistry. Experimental design and the statistical analysis of data are emphasised throughout to ensure students are equipped to successfully plan their own experiments and examine the results obtained.

2. Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry

Author: by David L. Nelson (Author), Michael M. Cox (Author)

Available for the first time in Achieve, the definitive reference text for biochemistry Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry, 8e helps students focus on the most important aspects of biochemistry– the principles! Dave Nelson, Michael Cox, and new co-author Aaron Hoskins identify the most important principles of biochemistry and direct student attention to these with icons and resources targeted to each principle.

The 8th edition has been fully updated for focus, approachability, and up-to-date content. New and updated end-of-chapter questions -all available in the Achieve problem library with error-specific feedback and thorough solutions.  These questions went through a rigorous development process to ensure they were robust, engaging and accurate.

Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry, 8e continues to help students navigate the complex discipline of biochemistry with a clear and coherent presentation.  Renowned authors David Nelson, Michael Cox, and new co-author Aaron Hoskins have focused this eighth edition around the fundamental principles to help students understand and navigate the most important aspects of biochemistry.  Text features and digital resources in the new Achieve platform emphasize this focus on the principles, while coverage of recent discoveries and the most up-to-date research provide fascinating context for learning the dynamic discipline of biochemistry.

Achieve supports educators and students throughout the full range of instruction, including assets suitable for pre-class preparation, in-class active learning, and post-class study and assessment. The pairing of a powerful new platform with outstanding biochemistry content provides an unrivaled learning experience.

3. Prescott/Harley/Klein’s Microbiology

Author: by Joanne Willey (Author), Linda Sherwood (Author), Chris Woolverton (Author)

The brand new author team of Prescott, Harley and Klein’s Microbiology continues the tradition of past editions by providing a balanced, comprehensive introduction to all major areas of microbiology. Because of this balance, the Seventh Edition of Microbiology is appropriate for microbiology majors and mixed majors courses. The new authors have focused on readability, artwork, and the integration of several key themes (including evolution, ecology and diversity) throughout the text, making an already superior text even better.

4. Karp’s Cell and Molecular Biology: Concepts and Experiments

Author: by Gerald Karp (Author), Janet Iwasa (Author), Wallace Marshall (Author)

This text is an unbound, three hole punched version.

Designed for courses in Cell Biology offered at the Sophomore/Junior level, Karp’s Cell and Molecular Biology: Concepts and Experiments, Binder Ready Version, 8th Edition continues to be the best book in the market at connecting key concepts to the experiments that reveal how we know what we know in the world of Cell Biology. This classic text explores core concepts in considerable depth, often adding experimental detail. It is written in an inviting style and at mid-length, to assist students in managing the plethora of details encountered in the Cell Biology course.  In this edition, two new co-authors take the helm and help to expand upon the hallmark strengths of the book, update and integrate text and media in a useful way, improving the student learning experience.

5. Molecular Biology of the Cell

Author: by Bruce Alberts (Author), Alexander D. Johnson (Author), Julian Lewis (Author), David Morgan (Author), Martin Raff (Author), Keith Roberts (Author), Peter Walter (Author)

The definitive text in cell biologyAs the amount of information in biology expands dramatically, it becomes increasingly important for textbooks to distill this vast amount of scientific knowledge into concise principles and enduring concepts. Molecular Biology of the Cell, Sixth Edition accomplishes this goal with clear writing and beautiful illustrations. The Sixth Edition has been extensively revised and updated with the latest research in cell biology, and it provides an exceptional framework for teaching and learning. Table of Contents: Part I INTRODUCTION TO THE CELL
1. Cells and Genomes
2. Cell Chemistry and Bioenergetics
3. Proteins

Part II BASIC GENETIC MECHANISMS
4. DNA, Chromosomes, and Genomes
5. DNA Replication, Repair, and Recombination
6. How Cells Read the Genome: From DNA to Protein
7. Control of Gene Expression

Part III WAYS OF WORKING WITH CELLS
8. Analyzing Cells, Molecules, and Systems
9. Visualizing Cells

Part IV INTERNAL ORGANIZATION OF THE CELL
10. Membrane Structure
11. Membrane Transport of Small Molecules and the
Electrical Properties of Membranes
12. Intracellular Compartments and Protein Sorting
13. Intracellular Membrane Traffic
14. Energy Conversion: Mitochondria and Chloroplasts
15. Cell Signaling
16. The Cytoskeleton
17. The Cell Cycle
18. Cell Death
19. Cell Junctions and the Extracellular Matrix

Part V CELLS IN THEIR SOCIAL CONTEXT

20. Cancer
21. Development of Multicellular Organisms
22. Stem Cells and Tissue Renewal
23. Pathogens and Infection
24. The Innate and Adaptive Immune Systems

6. Molecular Cell Biology

Author: by Harvey Lodish (Author), Arnold Berk (Author), Chris A. Kaiser (Author), Monty Krieger (Author), Anthony Bretscher (Author)

7. Molecular & Cell Biology For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Author: by Rene Fester Kratz (Author)

Your insider guide to the stuff of life

3.8 billion years old and counting, there’s more than a little to know about the fundamentals of how life works. This friendly guide takes you from the primordial soup to the present, explaining how specialized cells have given rise to everything living, from the humblest amoeba to walking, talking human beings. Whether you’re enrolled in a cell or molecular biology course and need a straightforward overview, or are just curious about the latest advances, this fully updated edition is your all-access ticket to our inner world. 

Molecular & Cell Biology For Dummies decodes jargon and theories that can tax even the most devoted student. It covers everything from basic principles to how new technology, genetic testing, and microarray techniques are opening up new possibilities for research and careers. It also includes invaluable tips on how to prepare for—and ace—your exams! 

  • Explore the structure and function of the cells—and find out why cellular context is crucial to the study of disease
  • Discover how molecular biology can solve world problems
  • Understand how DNA determines traits and is regulated by cells
  • Enhance your knowledge and results with online resources and study tips 

From microscopic details to macro concepts, this book has something for you.

8. Essential Cell Biology

Author: by Bruce Alberts (Author), Karen Hopkin (Author), Alexander D. Johnson (Author), David Morgan (Author), Martin Raff (Author), Keith Roberts (Author), Peter Walter (Author)

The gold standard textbook, thoroughly updated―now with online homework. This text features lively, clear writing and exceptional illustrations, making it the ideal textbook for a first course in both cell and molecular biology. Thoroughly revised and updated, the Fifth Edition maintains its focus on the latest cell biology research. For the first time ever, Essential Cell Biology will come with access to Smartwork5, Norton’s innovative online homework platform, creating a more complete learning experience.

9. The Cell: A Molecular Approach

Author: by Geoffrey M. Cooper (Author), Robert E. Hausman (Author)

Teaching cell biology can be a daunting task because the field is so vast and rapidly moving, characterized by a continual explosion of new information. The challenge is how to teach students the fundamental concepts without becoming bogged down in details. Students need to understand the principles of cell biology and be able to appreciate new advances, rather than just memorizing “the facts” as we see them today. At the same time, the material must be presented in sufficient depth to thoughtfully engage students and provide a sound basis for further studies. The Cell, Seventh Edition, provides a balance of concepts and details that meets the needs of today’s students and their teachers. Written by an active scientist and experienced educator, this textbook combines readability and cohesiveness with comprehensive and up to date science.

In keeping with prior editions, the new seventh edition:

Is ideally suited in length and complexity for sophomore and junior level courses at the undergraduate level.
Can be covered in a single semester. Students can master the material in its entirety, rather than sampling a small fraction from a much larger text.
Is written in an efficient and compact style, covering a broad range of material in a direct and pedagogically approachable manner.
Focuses on the molecular biology of cells as a unifying theme, with topics such as developmental biology, the nervous system, the immune system, and plant biology being discussed as examples of more general principles.
Features “Key Experiment” and “Molecular Medicine” boxes that highlight the experimental nature of molecular and cellular biology and convey the excitement and medical relevance of research in this area.

10. Lab Manual in Biochemistry, Immunology and Biotechnology

Author: by Arti Nigam (Author), Archana Ayyagari (Contributor)

“It is a complete instruction manual that imparts knowledge on principles, protocols and applications on techniques of biochemistry, immunology and biotechnology accurately in a user-friendly style.” Prof R C Kuhad Head, Department of Microbiology University of Delhi South Campus Lab Manual is intended to be a handy reference for undergraduate and postgraduate students in life science and allied fields. The book covers fundamental exercises as well as advanced protocols, along with authentic explanation of various techniques and precautions pertaining to common errors in the laboratory. Divided into 10 sections, Lab Manual covers: • Techniques of biochemistry and clinical biochemistry, cell biology enzymology • Latest techniques of immunology • Isolation and cultivation of microbial and eukaryotic viruses, methods of direct gene transfer, mutagenesis and recombinant DNA technology. Written by authors who have over a decade of experience in teaching and research, this book will serve the needs of: • Practitioners in medical and research labs of applied biological sciences • Professionals from interlinked disciplines such as human nutrition, medical instrumentation, etc. • Students of biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, genetics and biotechnology.