Open Questions: Cell Biology
Prerequisites: Molecular biology and genetics
The Virtual Library of Biochemistry and Cell Biology
- Extensive categorized and annotated list of links.
general resources in particular.
Open Directory Project: Cell Biology
- Categorized and annotated links. A version of this
list is at
Google, with entries sorted in "page rank" order. May also be
Galaxy: Cell Biology
- Categorized site directory. Entries usually include
Sites with general resources
Biology Project: Cell Biology
- Part of the
University of Arizona Biology Project. There are external
links and tutorials on topics like
the cell cycle and mitosis,
prokaryotes, eukaryotes, and viruses, and
Cell Death and Apoptosis
- A general resource site for the topic. Includes meeting
announcements, external links, news. Maintained by the Cell
Cell Cycle, Centrosome, Cytoskeleton, and Cancer
- Web site of the laboratory of William T. Sullivan. Research
involves various topics in cell biology. Has good images and
movies of cellular functions.
Molecular cell firstname.lastname@example.org
- A portal to relevant Nature Publishing Group resouces in the
field of molecular cell biology.
Surveys, overviews, tutorials
Category: Cell biology
- Topic category from
- Article from
What is a cell?
- Basic information on cell biology from the
NCBI Science Primer
- Multimedia site dealing with cell biology, by James A. Sullivan.
Emphasis is on images and animations of structures and processes
in all types of cells. Also contains short dictionary/encyclopedia
entries, often with related external links.
Cell Biology Tutorial
- Good tutotrial, covering a variety of cell structures and
processes, located at the
Biology Online site.
Wikibooks: Cell Biology
- Textbook in the
Wikibooks collection. A work in progress, but already contains
much useful information.
- A ScienceWeek
"symposium" consisting of excerpts and summaries of
articles from various sources.
The Cell: A Molelcular Approach
- Complete online textbook, by Geoffrey M. Cooper.
Part of the
How Cells Make Use of Random Biochemical Reactions
- July 2008 Scientific American article, subtitled
"New studies reveal how cells exploit biochemical randomness."
Catching Ribosomes in the Act
- May 2001 Scientific American Explore article on new findings
about ribosomes and how antibiotics can interfere with their
- December 2000 Scientific American news article about
a newly-discovered cell death process known as paraptosis.
"Messenger of Death" Molecule Identified
- February 25, 2000 research announcement.
Hughes Researchers Discover Key Component of Cell Death
- November 14, 1997 research report.
Programmed Cell Death
- Part of 1995 annual report of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
The Enigmatic Membrane
Muriel Mari; Sharon A. Tooze; Fulvio Reggiore
The Scientist, February 2012
- Despite years of research, the longstanding mystery of
where the autophagosome gets its double lipid bilayers is not
The Scientist, July 2011
- These small membrane vesicles do much more than clean up
a cell's trash - they also carry signals to distant parts of
the body, where they can impact multiple dimensions of cellular life.
Science News, July 17, 2010
- "Clearer views of the cell's movers and shakers threaten a
a century-old mainstay of biology."
Recent research indicates that enzyme kinetics in cells is more
random than described by the Michaelis-Menten equation.
Get Rid of the Bodies
Science News, September 28, 2002, pp. 202-204
- Cell death is a complex process. So is the process of proper
disposal of the remains after death.
Coming to Terms with Death
Science News, June 16, 2001, pp. 378-380
- Autoschizis is a newly recognized form of cell death.
Research into it and other ways cells die
should have therapeutic applications for
cancer and other diseases.
- The Cellular Chamber of Doom
Alfred L. Goldberg; Stephen J. Elledge; J. Wade Harper
Scientific American, January 2001, pp. 68-73
- Proteasomes are structures within cells responsible for
recycling cellular proteins. Proteasome malfunction can be
associated with various diseases.
Cell Communication: The Inside Story
John D. Scott; Tony Pawson
Scientific American, June 2000, pp. 72-79
- Knowldege about the transmission of information signals
between and within cells is key to understanding how cells
operate and function in larger groups. This will in turn lead
to better understanding of malfunctions that result in disease.
Michael Hoppert; Frank Mayer
American Scientist, November-December 1999, pp. 518-525
- Prokaryotic cells are represented by bacteria, as opposed to
eukaryotic ("true nucleus") cells which make up most other forms
of life. Although lacking a nucleus, prokaryotes have a great
deal of internal organization.
- How the Ribosome Works
American Scientist, September-October 1998, pp. 428-439
- The ribosome is the basic cellular structure for synthesizing
proteins according to the instructions encoded by DNA. Progress
in understanding the process involved is aided by techniques for
- Cell Suicide in Health and Disease
Richard C. Duke, David M. Ojcius, Jong Ding-E Young
Scientific American, December 1996, pp. 80-87
- Cellular suicide (apoptosis) is a normal part of many
biological functions. Improper regulation of the process is
related to various disorders such as cancer and Alzheimer's
- Budding Vesicles in Living Cells
James E. Rothman, Lelio Orci
Scientific American, March 1996, pp. 70-75
- Vesicles are the complex transportation system for proteins
within a cell. The molecular details of how they develop is being
- The Maturation of a Cell
Gary S. Stein, Janet L. Stein, André J. van Wijnen, Jane B. Lian
American Scientist, January-February 1996, pp. 28-37
- Significant progress has been made in identifying genes involved
in cell growth and maturation. How specific genes are activated
is a key question.
- G Proteins
Maurine E. Linder; Alfred G. Gilman
Scientific American, July 1992, pp. 56-65
- G proteins (named for their ability to bind to guanine
nucleotides) play a prominent role in signal transduction within
cells. As such, they are involved in a wide variety of chemical
messaging processes between a cell and its external environment.
- Franklin M. Harold -- The Way of the Cell: Molecules, Organisms,
and the Order of Life
Oxford University Press, 2001
- Although the book is ostensibly about cells, cell biology is
used as a means to consider the larger question "what is
life?". But the presentation of cell biology is still very
good, dealing with such traditional topics as cell structure,
cell division, energy production, and the evolutionary origins of
modern cellular diversity. There's plenty of detail and
erudition here, providing a picture window on the whole landscape of
- Boyce Rensberger -- Life Itself: Exploring the Realm of the
Oxford University Press, 1996
- An outstanding account of cell biology for a general audience.
Topics include internal structure of cells, the process of cell
division (mitosis, the cell cycle), how genes work, energy
production, and cellular development/specialization.
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