The Machinery of Life
The new edition of "The Machinery of Life" is now available from
Springer. It is also available on
This edition has full-color
illustrations, completely updated to show the most exciting results from genomics and proteomics.
This includes a new cross-section of an Escherichia coli cell, shown here.
An updated panorama through a eukaryotic cell is included, starting from the cell membrane and ending in the
nucleus, along with views from human cells, such as the myelin sheath shown below.
As in the previous book, the final chapters present topics in health and welfare, and includes
a new chapter that covers the topic of life and death at the molecular, cellular and whole organism levels.
David S. Goodsell
I am writing a series of papers in the journal "Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education" that describe
in detail the science behind the illustrations. Here are the ones that are published so far:
A nice editorial by Judy and Don Voet about the series of articles
Eukaryotic Cell Panorama, in preparation
The project has been supported in part by a grant from the Fondation Scientifique Fourmentin-Guilbert.
3D Molecular Designs has posters of paintings from the book, including a full version of the eukaryotic cell panorama. For more information, click here.
Reduced versions of the figures are available for use in personal presentations. For more information, click here.
Careful readers have discovered a number of typos and errors.
Click here for a list.
If you find others not included on this list, please let me know!