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Annual Review of Microbiology

Annual Review of Microbiology

by L. Nicholas Ornston

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This volume contains reprints of 24 important articles published in 2004 in the field of microbiology. It opens with Arnold L. Demain's (formerly of MIT) reflections on his long career in industry and academia studying microbial products. Other topics include (for example) herpes vector-mediated gene transfer in treatment of diseases; the ecology and genetics of


This volume contains reprints of 24 important articles published in 2004 in the field of microbiology. It opens with Arnold L. Demain's (formerly of MIT) reflections on his long career in industry and academia studying microbial products. Other topics include (for example) herpes vector-mediated gene transfer in treatment of diseases; the ecology and genetics of microbial diversity; circadian rhythms in microorganisms; and the biosysnthesis of nonribosomal peptides. The volume concludes with a discussion of endangered Antarctic environments. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Reviewer: Rebecca T. Horvat, PhD, D (ABMM)(University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This volume of Annual Review of Microbiology contains an intimidating amount of research on all areas of microbial life. As with previous volumes, this one contains a number of reviews by different authors and contains a variety of topics related to microbial life.
Purpose: The purpose is to highlight areas of microbial research that are innovative and intriguing. The book serves a unique purpose of bringing together a variety of different microbial research in order to stimulate researchers in distant but related fields to generate new ideas. In this respect, this is unique as a reference.
Audience: This book is written for scientists working in all areas of microbial research. The authors of each chapter are well known scientists with stimulating approaches to microbial research. Science is served well by this type of cross pollination.
Features: The 23 reviews cover a large variety of topics from radical enzymes in anaerobes and defining virulence genes in dimorphic fungi to virus counterdefense: diverse strategies for evading the RNA-silencing immunity. Each chapter gave me some insight into my own microbial world. I especially enjoyed the chapter on Francisella tularensis since this has been a subject of interest to me. However, other topics held my attention, such as the curli production of common bacteria such as E. coli or the impact of the environmental bacteria Roseobacter on marine animals. An interesting feature in the references is the way certain references were highlighted with short a description why it was key to the topic discussed in that chapter. Overall, I was impressed with the breadth of microbial research.
Assessment: This is a book that should be included in the library of any academic microbiology department and university. The topics are broad enough to be useful to many different fields of investigation. This is a good 60th volume of this review series.
4 Stars! from Doody
Charles E. Edmiston
The editorial staff of the Annual Review of Microbiology have again selected for this 53rd edition a timely collection of topics of current and emerging interest to a broad range of basic and clinical investigators. The purpose of this series has always been to present in review format topics of high interest to microbiologists engaged in fundamental or clinical research. As a rule, the editors have chosen subjects for review that may have strong topical interest such as ""Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopies in Humans,"" or represent new, emerging areas of study, such as the use of ""Clostridial Toxins as aTtherapeutic Agent."" Because of the broad diversity of subjects presented within each volume, the potential interest groups are also quite broad and include microbiologists, biochemists, geneticists, clinical practitioners, and molecular biologists. Some of the current topics covered in the 53rd volume include: microbial and viral apoptosis, gene expression, bacterial biocatalyst, genetic analysis of bacterial virulence, and the molecular biology of Helicobacter pylori. The chapters tend to be adequately illustrated with tables and charts held to an appropriate number. There is, as always, a wealth of current and pertinent references. The editors have again selected for review an excellent list of topics written by authors recognized as outstanding in their respective fields of study. Each annual review always stands on its own merits and this edition will be viewed without exception as an excellent addition to this prestigious series.
Eugene M. Muller
This book contains 22 state-of-the-art review articles subjects spanning the diversity of microbiology, immunology, biochemistry, and molecular biology. The purpose is to offer a synopsis of the current knowledge of each of the selected subjects that were chosen by the editors as areas of current academic and industrial interest. Each of the chapters contains information that is of immediate utility to both academic and private sector scientists, although some topics will be of interest to a limited number of investigators. These reviews were prepared for microbiological researchers in academia, industry, and medicine. Both applied and basic investigators have been the traditional audience for this series; however, students and newer investigators will also benefit form the review articles. This volume contains separate review articles written by internationally recognized scientists; each is current, well written, and sufficiently illustrated; each is well supported by current and appropriate references; and each contributes critical articles to the particular field of study. Regardless of their particular area of interest, the typical microbiologist will find him/herself immediately drawn to several articles. Those same readers will find themselves subsequently returning to read several other reviews to fulfill their curiosity regarding areas that are outside of their specialty, but still of great value to those trying to keep abreast with the rapid developments in contemporary science. This book is a welcome addition to any college, university, or private library. Although the subject matter of each article is quite specific, each edition of this series is a valuable resource forboth established and novice investigators.
Reports on the latest advances in the field. Subjects include bacterial populations as multicellular organisms, carbon dioxide fixation in chemoautotrophs, the intersection between viral transforming proteins and cellular signal transduction pathways, and new perspectives on microbial dehalogenation of chlorinated solvents. Other subjects include the HIV-1 rev protein, cell polarity and morphogenesis in budding yeast, and metabolic changes of the malaria parasite during the transition from the human to the mosquito host. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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