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Understanding the processes of life at the molecular level is perhaps the greatest achievement of twentieth century science. This book is designed to act as a comprehensive alphabetical guide to our present knowledge of this fast-moving subject, incorporating almost 6000 definitions and index entries for cross-reference. It covers the complete spectrum of molecular life sciences from the structure of genes to the intricacies of the cell, the development of organisms and the molecular analysis and therapeutics of human disease. The authors and editors include some of the world's most eminent researchers who have worked very closely with the publisher to provide a unique reference and learning mechanism to aid the reader. Short entries are cross-referenced to longer articles, which provide essential background in which the reader can place specific definitions. In this manner readers can wind their way around from specific to general topics thus gradually increasing their understanding.

The book contains predominantly black-and-white illustrations, with some color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Arshad Rahman, PhD (Rush Medical College of Rush University)
Description: With the advent of recombinant DNA technology, molecular biology has revolutionized the research into understanding the life process, developing genetically improved crops, designing drugs, and introducing the concept of gene therapy. This is an interesting new book on molecular biology that incorporates contributions of a variety of experts. The book is designed to serve as a comprehensive alphabetical guide to our present knowledge of this fast-moving subject.
Purpose: The purpose of this nicely produced book is to provide a basis for university courses in biology as well as a solid reference source for professional biologists, medical practitioners, and a broad range of students and professionals involved in disciplines such as agriculture and industries. The book largely meets its overall objective.
Audience: Although of particular interest to researchers, clinicians, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students in biology and related disciplines such as medicine and agriculture, the book is also a convenient reference source for nonbiologists interested in knowing the recent progresses made in molecular life sciences. The authors are solid, well recognized, and credible in their respective areas.
Features: The book is comprehensive, concise, well illustrated, and original. Another great feature of the book is the inclusion of appropriate references at the end of each topic. This adds to the utility of the book. The layout is appealing and very appropriate.
Assessment: In an age when kids are learning molecular biology through movies like "Jurassic Park," this is an important and timely book. In addition to core topics of the molecular biology and related fields, it includes about 6,000 important definitions and index entries for cross references. The book helps fill the long-felt need for an encyclopedia of molecular biology to help those both inside or outside the field to understand the methods, concepts, and findings of molecular biology. The book deserves a wide audience.
Arshad Rahman
With the advent of recombinant DNA technology, molecular biology has revolutionized the research into understanding the life process, developing genetically improved crops, designing drugs, and introducing the concept of gene therapy. This is an interesting new book on molecular biology that incorporates contributions of a variety of experts. The book is designed to serve as a comprehensive alphabetical guide to our present knowledge of this fast-moving subject. The purpose of this nicely produced book is to provide a basis for university courses in biology as well as a solid reference source for professional biologists, medical practitioners, and a broad range of students and professionals involved in disciplines such as agriculture and industries. The book largely meets its overall objective. Although of particular interest to researchers, clinicians, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students in biology and related disciplines such as medicine and agriculture, the book is also a convenient reference source for nonbiologists interested in knowing the recent progresses made in molecular life sciences. The authors are solid, well recognized, and credible in their respective areas. The book is comprehensive, concise, well illustrated, and original. Another great feature of the book is the inclusion of appropriate references at the end of each topic. This adds to the utility of the book. The layout is appealing and very appropriate. In an age when kids are learning molecular biology through movies like ""Jurassic Park,"" this is an important and timely book. In addition to core topics of the molecular biology and related fields, it includes about 6,000 important definitions and indexentries for cross references. The book helps fill the long-felt need for an encyclopedia of molecular biology to help those both inside or outside the field to understand the methods, concepts, and findings of molecular biology. The book deserves a wide audience.
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A comprehensive alphabetical guide to the present understanding of the processes of life at the molecular level, incorporating some 6,000 definitions and index entries for cross-reference. It covers the complete spectrum of molecular life sciences from the structure of genes to the intricacies of the cell, the development of organisms, and the molecular analysis and therapeutics of human disease. Short entries are cross-referenced to longer articles in which readers can place specific definitions. Not unsophisticated, it will be best utilized by professionals and students in biology and related disciplines such as medicine. Illustrated throughout, with eight pages of color plates. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780632021826
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1165
  • Product dimensions: 9.03 (w) x 11.27 (h) x 2.29 (d)

Table of Contents

6000 terms.

illustrations.

short articles.

fully cross-referenced.

hot links.

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