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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jerry Lynn Taylor, PhD (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: This book contains detailed protocols ranging from basic to more sophisticated methods for working with DNA viruses. Each protocol is presented as a stepwise, concise procedure. Explanations of the rationale for each procedure and potential problems in performance of the procedure or interpretation of the data are discussed.
Purpose: The purpose is to compile in a single volume descriptions of many of the techniques used by virologists to study DNA viruses. This objective is clearly met. The detailed protocols were developed by virologists who actually use the methods in their own research.
Audience: This book was written by well-respected virologists for virologists and students of virology. However, as the editor states, often methods developed by virologists have proven to be applicable for the study of many aspects of host cell biology as well.
Features: Very basic methods are covered, such as growth and purification of viruses to more complex procedures including many that focus on examining host/virus interactions (for example, how viruses regulate cytokine function). In addition to the stepwise protocols, contributors explain what kind of data can be expected from the protocol and how to interpret that data. Different DNA viruses serve as examples for each protocol. References to original articles are provided so that the reader can go to the literature to see applications of the procedures.
Assessment: This book would be a good practical handbook for students of virology. Although the focus is on DNA viruses, many of the methods are also applicable to the study of RNA viruses and cell biology.