Biological sciences round-up 1

May 22, 2008

Drug and Biological Development: From Molecule to Product and Beyond. Editor Ronald P. Evens. Edition First. Publisher Springer. Pages 382. Price £59.00. ISBN 9780387329789

Evens discusses product development in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries from discovery to product launch, continuing through life-cycle management.

Specialization, Speciation and Radiation: The Evolutionary Biology of Herbivorous Insects. Editor Kelley J. Tilmon. Edition First. Publisher California University Press. Pages 360. Price £38.95. ISBN 9780520251328.

An up-to-date treatment of the evolutionary biology of herbivorous insects, unified by the idea that understanding the ecological framework of the interactions between herbivorous insects and their host plants is fundamental to understanding their evolution.

Modeling Infectious Diseases in Humans and Animals. Authors Matt J. Keeling and Pejman Rohani. Edition First. Publisher Princeton University Press. Pages 408. Price £38.95. ISBN 9780691116174.

An introduction to the modelling of infectious diseases, focusing on recent developments and traditional approaches, moving from modelling with differential equations to more recent models, where spatial structure, seasonal "forcing" or stochasticity influence the dynamics and where computer simulation is used to generate theory.

Comparative Physiology, Natural Animal Models and Clinical Medicine: Insights into Clinical Medicine from Animal Adaptations. Author Michael A. Singer. Edition First. Publisher Imperial College Press. Pages 292. Price £31.00. ISBN 97818609478.

This describes a unique approach to the treatment of human diseases based on animal models, describing how scientists can take advantage of all the "research" that nature has performed over billions of years in biological problem-solving through extensive animal design testing and selection.

Infection and Immunity. Authors John Playfair and Gregory Bancroft. Edition Third. Publisher Oxford University Press. Pages 368. Price £.99. ISBN 9780199206735

Playfair and Bancroft describe the main causes of infection our bodies have to battle against and explain the ways in which our bodies respond to infection, from detection of dangerous organisms to their elimination.

Forensic DNA Analysis: A Laboratory Manual. Author Thomas McClintock. Edition First. Publisher CRC Press. Pages 176. Price £25.99. ISBN 9781420063295.

This book gives a history and overview of the science and use of DNA typing. It claims to provide an understanding of forensic DNA analysis and a background in the techniques used to determine an individual's identity.

Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry. Author David L. Nelson. Edition Fifth. Publisher Palgrave Macmillan. Pages 600. Price £46.99. ISBN 9781429208925.

This is an introduction to biochemistry that aims to bring clarity to the discipline. It has been thoroughly updated and includes new pedagogy and more emphasis on medical relevance.

Biology: Concepts and Applications. Author Cecie Starr. Edition Seventh. Publisher Cengage. Pages 624. Price £36.99. ISBN 9780495119814.

Starr provides an introduction to the study of biology at degree level, giving an overview of the concepts students need to understand, along with how these apply to biology.

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