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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Eugene A Davidson, PhD (Georgetown University School of Medicine)
Description: This volume is part of a series entitled Biomedical Sciences Explained.
Purpose: The purpose is to acquaint students with the principles of molecular biology.
Audience: It is designed for students in the U.K., where medical studies begin after completion of secondary school. As such, it is suitable for those with no prior exposure to very basic concepts such as the structure of DNA.
Features: Coverage includes structure, information flow and replication, methods for nucleic acid analysis, and basic principles of recombinant DNA. The level is that of a second year college student (or a high school advanced placement course). There is a short bibliography at the end of each chapter (usually to standard texts or review articles) as well as a recapitulation of key concepts.
Assessment: The author's superficial approach to the topics makes this volume unsuitable for advanced students whether in medical or graduate training. It can, however, serve as a useful adjunct to introduce beginning students to concepts in molecular biology.