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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (Sept. 7 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593272022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593272029
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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About the Author

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.

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The Manga Guides to Molecular Biology and Biochemistry are best read together. They take two different approaches to the same general processes, but carefully avoid overlap. You will find no redundancy if you buy them both (they were written by the same person, after all, who surely intended them to be complementary). What you will get is a solid overview of what happens inside the cell, both from the perspective of the behaviour of a biological system, and with a focus on the detailed chemical behaviour. If you're studying one topic, you should actually buy them both, since a basic understanding of one is helpful to those interested in the other.
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This book is a fun and helpful way to learn biology. I enjoyed the pictures that go along with the descriptions.
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HASH(0xa6bcea74) out of 5 stars Manga Delivers Molecular Biology Sept. 17 2009
By John Jacobson - Published on
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This manga is an excellent introduction to the subject. In contrast to some other manga guides that deal with subjects that are more difficult to explore graphically (e.g. calculus, statistics), molecular biology lends itself well to visual treatment.

Manga usually uses human subjects in a story to try to maintain interest. The story in this book is contrived, but that doesn't detract from the value of the biology presentation.

The book starts with some basic definitions, and proceeds to explain the workings of the cell. Sections include:

What is a Cell?
Proteins and DNA: Deciphering the Genetic Code
DNA Replication and Cell Division
How is a Protein Made?
Genetic Technology and Research.

The diagrams, pictures, and accompanying text do an excellent job of explaining the complicated process by which genes are expressed, RNA templates are produced, and via the ribosome, protein is made, amino acid by amino acid. Many texts don't do justice to the subject in double the pages.

Some of the controversial aspects of biotechnology are also addressed, including embryonic stem cell research and cloning.

As an introduction to the subject, as an accessory guide to accompany a more complete text, or just as a refresher for those of us who took biology classes before many of these subjects were well understood, this is an excellent book.

Highly recommended
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6bceac8) out of 5 stars Excellent Entertaining Teaching of An Important & Highly Visual Subject Dec 8 2009
By Ira Laefsky - Published on
Format: Paperback
All of the Manga Guides from No Starch Press provide excellent teaching of Complex University-Level Subjects in an entertaining visual form. This Molecular Biology text is particularly outstanding, even in this innovative instructional series. Because the subject matter being covered is primarily visual in nature, as opposed to other guides which cover Relational Databases, Calculus and Electricity the talented author and illustrators are able to explain what one would see under the microscope, what processes are being enacted by the genetic and molecular components, and thus superbly explain what this vital field covers, even to one ignorant of college-level biology such as myself.

This is a fascinating and illustrative guide to a field which has implications to all of us biologists and laymen alike.

--Ira Laefsky
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6bcef00) out of 5 stars Another great Manga guide making learning fun Nov. 27 2009
By James Holmes - Published on
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This book follows the same great approach as the other Manga Guides: Break a complex idea down in to small pieces, clearly explain it with practical examples, and use the fun Manga comic style to wrap the entire concept in a great story.

I never took molecular biology in high school or college, yet I was able to get through the Guide and come out at the end with a pretty fair understanding of it. Moreover, I actually enjoyed the learning journey!

My nine year-old daughter loves these books and always reads through them after I'm done. She's not coming away from the books with great knowledge of the concepts, but she's finding them interesting, fun, and is less intimidated with the subjects. I think that's a big win because these guides are laying some good ground work for her to come back to later.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6bd62e8) out of 5 stars Great Way to Engage Students in Study of Cells and Molecular Biology Dec 13 2009
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I used this book in my high school introductory biology course. So far I've just used the Introduction and Chapter 1, but the students really liked it. Most of them like cartoons and comics, and they were excited to be able to read something that was visually stimulating.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6bd6294) out of 5 stars An enjoyable read with quality content Sept. 2 2010
By M. Helmke - Published on
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The Manga Guide to Molecular Biology follows the actions of a two students who failed their molecular biology class and have to take a special summer course. The story line is enjoyable and eases the reader's entry into the topic rather than being a distraction.

The book covers all the main questions and topics you would expect: what is a cell, what are the common parts of a cell, how do cells combine to make various organisms, what are proteins and how do they function within a cell, what is DNA and what are genes and how do they work to express the information coded in them? My favorite part was chapter 5 which focuses on potential applications for everything discussed earlier and theorizes what the future may hold in the field.

I work in a software project that is helping biologists do research, including helping process the vast amounts of data that comes from genetic sequencing. As a result, I have become familiar with most of the content this book presents. I believe the book is accurate and it is clear. The story created to assist with that presentation is enjoyable as well. I have a seven year old daughter that is reading the book with great interest. Some of the science is above her grade level, but her attention remains fixed on the art and the story and she is absorbing some of it as she reads.

Overall, I would say the book is a success and recommend it without reservation.