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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Valerie L. Ng, PhD MD(Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)
Description: This 19-chapter book is entirely focused on everything you might ever want to know about Staphylococcus epidermidis.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a "series of tools to ask novel and exciting questions related to the biology of Staphylococcus epidermidis and other staphylococci."
Audience: This book would be of great interest to anyone working with Staphylococcus epidermidis, particularly those in a research setting. This audience spans translational clinical infectious diseases to clinical microbiology, epidemiology, immunology, and environmental microbiology to basic researchers using S. epidermidis as a tool.
Features: Who would have thought there would be enough material to publish an entire book devoted to S. epidermidis? The first chapter is an excellent, concise review of clinical characteristics of human infections. Subsequent chapters transition from organism identification (molecular methods, PFGE, multilocus sequence typing) to isolation of substances of interest (modulins, RNA, chromosomal DNA), genetic manipulation, biofilm production, and, finally, animal models of S. epidermidis infection. True to the spirit of Springer Protocols, many chapters come fully equipped with detailed experimental protocols ready for you to try in your laboratory.
Assessment: If you have any interest in any aspect of Staphylococcus epidermidis, you will want to read and likely own this book.