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    Cell Biology, Genetics, and Biochemistry for Pre-Clinical Students

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    Renee LeClair, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

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    Publisher: Virginia Tech Publishing

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    Reviewed by Christine Fleet, Professor of Biology, Emory and Henry College on 6/26/23

    The book covers a good range of basic biology topics. Several chapters highlight clinically-relevant applications of the basic science, which should provide good preparation for students pursuing health care careers. The combined topic areas of... read more

    Reviewed by Lindsy Boateng, Assistant Professor of Biology, Newberry College on 11/9/22

    This textbook does a nice job giving a basic clear-cut introduction to the topics of Cell Biology, Genetics, and Biochemistry. It covers the most critical basic principals in each category. However, the book is not comprehensive in each subject... read more

    Reviewed by Jennifer Rainville, Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech on 4/11/22

    This is an excellent resource and overview of simple cell and molecular biology, basic genetics and a great introduction to clinically-relevant biochemistry. read more

    Table of Contents

    1. Biochemistry basics2. Basic laboratory measurements 3. Fed and fasted state 4. Fuel for now 5. Fuel for later 6. Lipoprotein metabolism and cholesterol synthesis 7. Pentose phosphate pathway (PPP), purine and pyrimidine metabolism 8. Amino acid metabolism and heritable disorders of degradation9. Disorders of monosaccharide metabolism and other metabolic conditions10. Genes, genomes, and DNA 11. Transcription and translation 12. Gene regulation and the cell cycle 13. Human genetics 14. Linkage studies, pedigrees, and population genetics 15. Cellular signaling 16. Plasma membrane 17. Cytoplasmic membranes 18. Cytoskeleton 19. Extracellular matrix

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    About the Book

    Cell Biology, Genetics, and Biochemistry for Pre-Clinical Students is an undergraduate medical-level resource for foundational knowledge across the disciplines of genetics, cell biology and biochemistry. This USMLE-aligned text is designed for a course in first-year undergraduate medical course that is delivered typically before students start to explore systems physiology and pathophysiology. The text is meant to provide the essential information from these content areas in a concise format that would allow learner preparation to engage in an active classroom. Clinical correlates and additional application of content is intended to be provided in the classroom experience. The text assumes that the students will have completed medical school prerequisites (including the MCAT) in which they will have been introduced to the most fundamental concepts of biology and chemistry that are essential to understand the content presented here. This resource should be assistive to the learner later in medical school and for exam preparation given the material is presented in a succinct manner, with a focus on high-yield concepts.

    The 276-page text was created specifically for use by pre-clinical students at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and was based on faculty experience and peer review to guide development and hone important topics.

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    Suggested Citation LeClair, Renée J., (2021). Cell Biology, Genetics, and Biochemistry for Pre-Clinical Students, Blackburg, VA: Virginia Tech Publishing. Licensed with CC BY NC-SA 4.0.

    About the Contributors


    Renée J. LeClair is an Associate Professor in the Department of Basic Science Education at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, where her role is to engage activities that support the departmental mission of developing an integrated medical experience using evidence-based delivery grounded in the science of learning. She received a Ph.D. at Rice University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute in vascular biology. She became involved in medical education, curricular renovation, and implementation of innovative teaching methods during her first faculty appointment, at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 2013, she moved to a new medical school, University of South Carolina, School of Medicine, Greenville. The opportunities afforded by joining a new program and serving as the Chair of the Curriculum committee provided a blank slate for creative curricular development and close involvement with the accreditation process. During her tenure she developed and directed a team-taught student-centered undergraduate medical course that integrated the scientific and clinical sciences to assess all six-core competencies of medical education.

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