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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Alexander Kolchinsky, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: The first 12 chapters in this manual cover slice cultures, explants, and primary cell cultures from animals that are widely used in neuroscience, as well as human biopsies. Eight additional chapters discuss various methods of analysis, from general tips on recommended equipment and routine techniques to sophisticated microscopy and gene therapy experiments using herpesvirus. The editors have achieved consistent format of chapters with very moderate overlapping.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to provide a practical manual for experimentation in neuroscience. The new edition is updated by several new chapters. It may serve as a benchtop laboratory manual and reference. In addition, it offers a fresh look at hot topics of neuroscience. A good example is the a brief discussion of the presence of astroglial precursors in brain cultures (chapter 11).
Audience: The potential audience for the book ranges from a principal investigator of a project to a part-time undergraduate working in a neuroscience lab. Anyone interested in neuroscience can find descriptions of basic experimental facts and their immediate interpretation.
Features: The book is clearly written and gives all the necessary experimental details. It has a list of abbreviations and detailed subject index. Lists of references contain mostly appropriate books and reviews. Black-and-white photographs are of high quality and very informative. They include microphotographs and schemes and sometimes illustrate the organization of the workplace.
Assessment: Most chapters present an outline of the possible goals of specific experiments. The authors wisely refrain from detailed discussions of issues; instead, they lay strong laboratory background for a wide variety of studies. This approach makes the book a pleasure to read, besides its immediate value as a reference source for routine work. The book is indispensable for every project in neuroscience.