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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.