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From The CriticsReviewer: Rosemarie A Pereira, PhD (The University of Texas Medical Branch)
Description: This book in the Methods in Molecular Biology series provides an overview of principal methods of use to the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) researcher. Written by experts in the field, the chapters review protocols to investigate the molecular biology and pathogenesis of, and immune response to, the virus.
Purpose: Recent advances in molecular biology and immunology have generated sophisticated methodology to address viral-host interactions more effectively. This timely and needed book aims to provide EBV researchers with principal, state-of-the-art methods to enhance understanding of pathogenesis and aid researchers in their ultimate quest for mechanisms to intercept viruses.
Audience: This book would be useful to researchers and students interested in EBV. Many of the protocols described here are adaptable to areas of research unrelated to EBV. The editors are highly skilled in the areas of molecular biology and immunology and experts in diverse fields of EBV research have written the chapters.
Features: The eight sections of the book cover a comprehensive range of methods, the majority of which are molecular biological. Much-needed descriptions of culture techniques and in situ analyses are also included. The final section describing in vivo protocols is an excellent conclusion to a well-organized book. Most of the references are recent. There is a reasonable amount of overlap in some chapters, which in my opinion is unavoidable.
Assessment: This book is well written and comprehensive. It provides a great deal of information to the EBV researcher and overviews current protocols in the field effectively. It should be a good reference source for researchers and students of herpes virology.