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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Erick Snellman, PhD (The Citadel)
Description: This book is dedicated to detailed descriptions of methodologies in the integration and application of mathematics, engineering, and physical and computer sciences in studying complex biological systems. The contributors of the 10 chapters provide in-depth discussions on topics ranging from models in functional genomics and proteomics, methods of microarray data analyses to computational analysis between tumor and tumor suppressor proteins.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an integrative reference for those interested in genomics and proteomics engineering. The book meets the increasing demand for such information from the fast growing multidisciplinary research audience.
Audience: Biological sciences and biomedical engineering students, genomics and proteomics researchers, and students studying systems biology are the intended audience. In addition, students and postdoctoral fellows in mathematics and computer sciences with applications to biological sciences would benefit from this reading this book. It also serves as an excellent reference for those teaching in the field. The editor, Professor Metin Akay, is an award winning scholar and author of over 14 books related to the topic.
Features: The chapters contain in-depth discussions on genomics and proteomics engineering ranging from models in functional genomics and proteomics, methods of microarray data analyses, gene regulation bioinformatics, multidatabase queries, and computational analysis of proteins. The book is especially robust in its coverage of microarray analysis and computational analysis of proteins. It is well illustrated with useful tables and figures. I found the illustrations depicting models and research strategies most helpful. Each chapter also uses a sufficient number of examples to illustrate key points.
Assessment: I found the book very useful. It is not intended for those learning bioinformatics or proteomic and genomic analysis, but for those already working in the discipline. It fills a void in the pertinent literature; there are few works that compare.