- No MCAT prep book adequately covers the biochemistry and molecular cell biology content for the new MCAT, but a great score in the science sections is nearly impossible without a reasonable level of sophistication in these two disciplines. This does not mean you must memorize every single nonreceptor tyrosine kinase ever identified or that you must memorize every cellular adhesion molecule. An MCAT question is not going to have you choosing between cadherins, selectins or integrins, but you want to have your footing in a passage describing extravasation of a neutrophil, for example, when it mentions the role of integrins. You need to know the shape of things.
- In the Integrated MCAT Course, we include assignments in the modules from two publications of Lippincott's Illustrated Review Series. The first is Cell & Molecular Biology. The second is Biochemistry. While managing to be concise, these two works are just a step more sophisticated than your book set. Lippincott's Cell and Molecular Biology is especially wonderful. Page for page, Lippincott's Cell and Molecular Biology is the highest yield MCAT review book of them all, and wasn't even written for the exam.
- Back editions of these books are perfectly fine for this course. If you can find a good condition back edition of either book, feel free to order that instead of the newest edition and save a little money.
Lippincott Cell & Molecular Biology
Lippincott's Cell & Molecular Biology is one of the most important resources for the "Biology Cycle" in the course. The level of treatment in this book is perfect for the exam. As always with molecular cell biology, a discussion might take you down a rabbit hole every now and then. Learn the shape of things. You don't have to memorize everything.Purchase at Amazon
When this big book arrives, don't let that demoralize you. We are only using the first half, which reviews 1st semester biochemistry.Purchase at Amazon
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