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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Alvin Telser, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book, volume 46 in the series Methods in Cell Biology published under the auspices of the American Society for Cell Biology, is a comprehensive collection of methods and model systems used in the study of programmed cell death (PCD), commonly known as apoptosis.
Purpose: The main purpose is to provide a comprehensive collection of methods that can be applied to the study of PCD. By concentrating on PCD, the various authors also make the important distinction between PCD and cellular necrosis. These objectives are very worthwhile and timely and the numerous chapters meet the editor's objectives.
Audience: The book would be useful to anyone who wants to learn about PCD in general, but it would be especially useful to someone who wished to study this process in the laboratory. Included among the large number of authors are many leading researchers in the field.
Features: There are a significant number of high quality illustrations in this book. The references are quite up-to-date, including some in 1994. It has a thorough table of contents and index. This is a high quality book and should be useful for several years to come.
Assessment: This is a very useful book that should be in every library. The research effort investigating PCD is growing at a very rapid rate and this book is a timely addition to this important research area.