In a message dated 9/13/99 10:35:53, email@example.com wrote:
>I have been giving some thought to taking up a new profession, I
>guess telephony and computer networking isn't Extropic enough....
>I've had a lifelong interest in biology (it was my major) and am
>leaning heavily toward molecular biology.
>I would appreciate any book recommendations, (molecular bio 101?)
>or any other advice anyone would care to offer...
Molecular Biology of the Cell, Third Edition, by Bruce Alberts et al. Garland Publishing.
Up-to-date, extensive, easy to read, and plenty of references.
Biochemistry, Stryer. Now 4th edition, I think; mine is 3rd.
In terms of determining your ability/realistic interest in the field:
Worked for me; I was accepted at all 4 institution I applied to.
Best of luck, but be aware that the job market for Biology PhD's is putrid. There is a decent market for technicians, but universities aren't well set up to train people for that.