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Hi, I’m looking to read any Biology related books which I can possibly find at my local library or I may be able to buy? These books have to be at an A level standard or pre-degree standard as I’m currently an A level student. This is for my personal statement in the future.

The fields I’m most interested in is
Biochemistry, mainly biological molecules and molecular biology for example, the human genome and cells.
I’m also interested in human biology such as how substances are transported in animals.

Does anyone recommend and books? Thanks.
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If you're into blood, I reccomend a book called Nine Pints
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Try “How we live and why we die, the secret lives of cells” by Lewis Wolpert
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(Original post by ShoaibK01)
Hi, I’m looking to read any Biology related books which I can possibly find at my local library or I may be able to buy? These books have to be at an A level standard or pre-degree standard as I’m currently an A level student. This is for my personal statement in the future.

The fields I’m most interested in is
Biochemistry, mainly biological molecules and molecular biology for example, the human genome and cells.
I’m also interested in human biology such as how substances are transported in animals.

Does anyone recommend and books? Thanks.
Here are some great books of A’level to undergraduate biology!

1) Biological Science by Keeton and Gould. A very thick book packed with all aspects of biology that will help both with A level and your first and second undergraduate years!

2) Molecular Biology of the Cell, by Alberts et al. An amazing thick book about everything there is to know about the cell, both plant and animal. Gene control and gene regulation, cell membrane structure, cytoskeleton, metabolism. Highly recommended. Theboom is a big pricey but I’m sure there are older editions on Amazon or eBay.

3) Genetic analysis, by Griffith’s et al. A great book on molecular biology, classical Mendelian genetics, gene structure, gene cloning etc. Just about everything you want to know about genetics and moloecular biology befor goung into depth on specific topics.

4) Gene cloning by TA Brown. A nice smaller book on the techniques in gene cloning.
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Leaving textbooks aside, popular science books which are both authoritative (for a PS) and stimulating enough to enjoy might include:

Nick Lane's books are very good - he's a serious research academic who can write in a popular style well. "Power, Sex, Suicide" is about mitochondria and is packed with insights into a whole range of subjects, both at the level of cell biochemistry and whole organism functioning. "The Vital Question" is a discussion of the origin of life from a biochemical point of view, also excellent. Both would work well in a PS, imho.

Then microbiome is a hot topic of research and development atm. Ed Yong's "I Contain Multitudes" is a stimulating introduction with good references for more technical info.

For all biology, it is important to have a good grasp of evolution. I like Neil Shubin's "Your Inner Fish".
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