International dictionary of medicine and biology

International dictionary of medicine and biology

232 (e.g. Escherichia coli) can extensively dissociate catabolism from anabolism when incubated anaerobically with glucose. Whereas I was unable to de...

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232 (e.g. Escherichia coli) can extensively dissociate catabolism from anabolism when incubated anaerobically with glucose. Whereas I was unable to detect any erroneous statements in the text, there were just a few that might cause confusion. For example, in the Introduction the author states that bacterialphotosynthesis is anoxygenic and then goes on to further state that 'Chapter 10 therefore draws comparisons between the process

TIBS 11 - May 1986 of photophosphorylation in bacteria and that occurring in algae and cyanobacteria' (the latter being, of course, also bacteria). This possible confusion is, needless to add, clarified in Chapter 10. Again, in the chapter dealing with growth yield coefficients, the theoretically-determined maximum growth yield and that derived experimentally are accorded the same symbol (yAms), yet they frequently differ by a factor of two or m o r e .

But the discerning reader will now realize that I am 'nit-picking' because overall this is an eminently readable and informative little book, and one that I shall not hesitate to recommend to my students.

D. W. T E M P E S T

Department of Microbiology, University of Sheffield, Sheffield SI02TN, UK.

Books in Brief cal analysis of data when planning an experiment as well as non-parametic (distribution-free) alternatives for analysis. Although the sections on design and analysis of experiments involving means, proportions and counts are good, the chapter on correlation and regression is rather inadequate for biochemists (non-linear regression is not covered). The chapter on parallel-line and slope-

ratio assays is not really relevant to biochemistry. However, the book is refreshingly free from jargon, is wellillustrated (the cartoons are especially good) and is to be recommended.

acid hydridization, combining theoretical background with practical advice, and includes detailed protocols with edited by B. D. Hames and S. J. Higgins, hints which will make easier the life of IRL Press, 1985. £14/$25 (pbk), £22/$40 many a researcher. Probably its most (hbk) (xv + 246 pages) 1SBN 0 947946 valuable aspect is its attention to the minutiae of procedure, which are so es233 sential to success but so easy to omit This well-devised book covers all aspects from formal descriptions. The book is of the rapidly advancing field of nucleic well illustrated and reasonably priced. It

will prove invaluable to PhD students and post-doctoral scientists involved in molecular biological research - I had a lot of trouble retaining the book long enough to review it!

analytical protocols grouped together for quick reference.

indeed an ambitious enterprise, enlisting the services of 5 editorial board members and 81 advisory editors, the project being coordinated by an experienced lexicographer. The thorough handling of each definition, going through a 12-stage review process, indicates why the undertaking took so long. The end result is 160 000 definitions Of terms from traditional medicine to molecular biology to traditional biology. In covering 73 subject areas in 3300 pages, the definitions are obviously not always as 'in depth' as those found in a good specialist dictionary. Each type of book, however, will serve its own purpose. The International Dictionary of Medicine and Biology will surely be a must for all relevant libraries and for all those involved in the dissemination of scientific information.

Practical Statistics for Experimental Biologists by A. C. Wardlaw, Wiley, 1985. £27.50 (hbk), £11.95 (pbk) (x + 290 pages) ISBN O 471 907383 Practical Statistics is an easy-to-read text suitable for those involved in the design and analysis of experiments. Emphasis is placed on the need to think about statisti-

Nucleic Acid Hybridisation: A Practical A p p r o a c h

Glycoprotein and Proteoglycan Techniques (Laboratory Techniques in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Vol. 16) by J. G. Beeley, Elsevier Biomedical Press, 1985. $31.50/Dfl85 (x + 462 pages) ISBN 0 444 80651 2 This monograph combines a good theoretical introduction with details of the practical aspects of analysis. Sections on selective cleavage, specific sugar reactions and lectin techniques are comprehensive and usefully compiled. A notable omission is fast atom bombardment mass spectrometry - used increasingly for sizing intact oligosaccharides. The book is good value for money and should prove useful for students and postgraduate scientists, although its utility as a laboratory manual could have been improved by having definitive

D. R O B I N S O N

Department of Biochemistry, Atkins Buildings, Campden Hill, London W8 7AH, UK.

International Dictionary of Medicine and Biology Editor in Chief: Sidney I. Landau, John Wiley, 1986. $395/ £285 (3300 pages) ISBN O412 01849 X Recently there have been several dictionaries published which deal with a particular area of the biological sciences. Over the past two decades, however, there have been no major attempts, in the English language, to collate the definitions from the multitude of biological disciplines. Given that the 'IDMB' took ten years to produce, this is hardly surprising. This three-volume work was

I. A. N I M M O

Department of Biochemistry, University of Edinburgh Medical School, Edinburgh EH8 9XD, UK.

PETER DAVIES

Tenovus Institute for Cancer Research, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff CF4 4XX, UK.

JUDITH HALL

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