New & noteworthy: Biosciences

February 28, 2013

Tree Thinking: An Introduction to Phylogenetic Biology

Authors: David Baum and Stacey Smith
Edition: First
Publisher: Roberts and Company
Pages: 496
Price: £35.00
ISBN: 9781936221165

In this foundation-level text, the US-based authors consider the myriad applications of phylogenetics, a fundamental area of evolutionary biology, via a conceptual approach. They explore the interpretation of phylogenetic trees, how they can be reconstructed and how they can be used to answer biological questions.

 

Molecular Cell Biology

Authors: Harvey Lodish, Chris A. Kaiser, Anthony Bretscher et al.
Edition: Seventh
Publisher: W.H. Freeman
Pages: 973
Price: £59.99
ISBN: 9781464109812

The updated edition of a best-selling text offers revisions to topics such as cellular energetics, cell signalling and immunology. Coverage of developmental biology has been streamlined to focus on areas central to cell biology courses. Revised end- of-chapter material includes new questions and additional “Analyze the data” problems, which offer practice in interpreting experimental evidence.

 

Mammals of Africa

Authors: Jonathan Kingdon, David Happold, Thomas Butynski et al.
Edition: First
Publisher: A&C Black
Pages: 352, 560, 784, 800, 560, 704 (6 volumes)
Price: £550.00
ISBN: 9781408122570

A landmark six-volume set describing every currently recognised species of African land mammal from shrews to rhinoceros. The collection features work by mammalogists, conservation biologists and biodiversity experts, and includes profiles of every species along with more than 600 colour illustrations highlighting morphology and behaviour.

 

Thrive in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Authors: Lynne Cox, David Harris and Catherine Pears
Edition: First
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Pages: 304
Price: £19.99
ISBN: 9780199645480

Topics ranging from genome stability to mammalian metabolism are covered in this revision guide. It offers succinct text and bulleted presentation in an effort to make material easy to assimilate. It deploys in-text questions, flashcard glossaries and multiple-choice questions in a four- step process in which readers are directed to review facts, check understanding, take note of extra advice and “go the extra mile”.

 

Structural Biology: Practical NMR Applications

Author: Quincy Teng
Edition: Second
Publisher: Springer
Pages: 431
Price: £72.00
ISBN: 9781461439639 and 39646 (e-book)

Nuclear magnetic resonance instrument hardware and methodology have been subject to dramatic developments in recent years; this update to a 2005 first edition will be of critical importance both as a textbook and for those who use NMR to study biological systems. Beginning with an introduction to basic NMR principles, it proceeds to magnetic field homogeneity and stability, signal generation and detection, probe circuits, cryogenic probes, analogue-to-digital conversion and test equipment.

 

Synthetic Biology: A Primer

Editors: Paul S. Freemont and Richard I. Kitney
Edition: First
Publisher: Imperial College Press
Pages: 196
Price: £51.00 and £25.00
ISBN: 9781848168626 and 68633

Intended as an overview of the emerging field of synthetic biology and the foundational concepts on which it is built, this text introduces fundamental concepts and explores two major themes, namely “bottom-up” and “top-down” engineering approaches. It presents exemplars of cutting-edge applications designed using synthetic biology principles, including the production of novel biofuels from renewable feedstocks and the microbial synthesis of pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals.

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