Biosciences

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We look forward to welcoming you to study with us in the School of Biosciences next academic year.

To support your transition to university study, we have collated some resources and preparatory materials which we hope you will find of interest.

‘A bite of the apple…’

We have some live Zoom recordings of the School of Biosciences weekly lecture series for offer holders:

Molecular scissors at the cell surface cutting to the chase for new disease treatments 
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Dr Mike Tomlinson

Neurogenetics of Behaviour
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Dr Carolina Rezaval

One Health and its role in zoonotic infections in group living animals
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Dr Steve Unwin

Feeding the World with the Green Revolution
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Dr Philippa Borrill

Studying nature's solution to killing bacteria
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Dr Andy Lovering 

Breathe again: Genetic approaches to stop plants from drowning
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Professor Daniel Gibbs

The mystery of dormancy: nature strikes back
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Professor Luisa Orsini

Going wild: Why do captive animals need their wild behaviours?
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Dr Jackie Chappell

Lab-in-a-suitcase and how genomic surveillance can help prevent future epidemics
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Dr Joshua Quick

Reading Lists

We would like to provide you with some resources for the time between now and the start of your course.

Let’s start with the list of standard texts. We often recommend that students consult text books, but the course rarely follows one particular text book in any given area. Still, the benefit of a text book is that you hear the ‘story’ from different perspectives or view points, and for many this helps understand the subject more readily.  

Because the modules do not follow one particular text book, we stress that the list does not express an expectation that you buy the books mentioned. Many of you will have preferences for material that is available as an e-book for display on tablets. Some of you prefer working with a print copy and you should be aware that the Library holds multiple copies of the key texts. So, don’t be rushed into buying particular books. If you are keen to obtain your own copy, peruse sample texts first to find out what style suits you.

Of course, there is always NCBI's Bookshelf (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/) which is free, but one has to comply with the licence (shouldn't read books as books, e.g. cover-to-cover, should only use as a search tool through the books), but can access whole sections/paragraphs and sometimes chapters. 

Biochemistry 

Highly recommended

Biochemistry (9th Ed): Berg, Stryer, Tymoczko, Gatto* (WH Freeman & Co)

Becker’s World of the Cell: Hardin, Bertoni, Kleinsmith (Pearson)

Chemistry - An Introduction to Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry: Housecroft, Constable (Pearson)

Introduction to Genetic Analysis: Griffiths, Wessler, Carroll, Doebley (WH Freeman & Co)

Additional reading 

Principles of Biochemistry (5th ed): Moran, Horton, Scrimgeour, Perry, Rawn (Pearson)

Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences: Atkins, de Paula (Oxford University Press)

Mathematics for Biological Scientists: Aitken, Broadhurst, Hladky (Garland Science)

Biology: Campbell, Reece (Pearson)

Other Resources

https://bio.libretexts.org/Bookshelves/Biochemistry/Book%3A_Biochemistry_Online_(Jakubowski)

Biological Sciences

Highly recommended

Biology: A Global Approach: Campbell, Urry, Cain, Wasserman, Minorsky & Reece (Pearson)

Becker’s World of the Cell: Hardin, Bertoni, Kleinsmith (Pearson)

Brock Biology of Microorganisms: Madigan, Bender, Buckley; Sattley & Stahl (Pearson)

Introduction to Genetic Analysis: Griffiths, Wessler, Carroll, Doebley (WH Freeman & Co)

Additional reading 

Principles of Biochemistry (5th ed): Moran, Horton, Scrimgeour, Perry, Rawn (Pearson)

Eckert Animal Physiology: Randall*

Biochemistry (9th Ed): Berg, Stryer, Tymoczko, Gatto* (WH Freeman & Co)

Mathematics for Biological Scientists: Aitken, Broadhurst, Hladky (Garland Science)

Other Resources

https://bio.libretexts.org/Bookshelves

https://community.plantae.org/article/5509561630179985405/online-plant-science-related-courses

Human Biology

Highly recommended

Biochemistry (9th Ed): Berg, Stryer, Tymoczko, Gatto* (WH Freeman & Co)

Becker’s World of the Cell: Hardin, Bertoni, Kleinsmith (Pearson)

Introduction to Genetic Analysis: Griffiths, Wessler, Carroll, Doebley (WH Freeman & Co)

Additional Reading

Principles of Biochemistry (5th ed): Moran, Horton, Scrimgeour, Perry, Rawn (Pearson)

Biology: Campbell, Reece (Pearson)

Eckert Animal Physiology: Randall*

Mathematics for Biological Scientists: Aitken, Broadhurst, Hladky (Garland Science)

Further info

University FAQs for future students

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