Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Over the last few years, the language of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has expanded enormously to the extent that few scientists can expect to be familiar with all the terms and concepts. This is partly due the massive influence of the Genome and successive "-omics" projects which have developed in to many new areas of research. At the same time, terms from other subject areas – including mathematics, statistics, physics and other life sciences – appear increasingly in the biochemical literature. The Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology provides a comprehensive and ‘encyclopaedic’ survey of modern biochemistry and molecular biology. This new edition of the popular dictionary has been comprehensively reviewed and updated to include many important new concepts and words. The entries are short but informative, providing up-to-date information on a broad range of topics, including definitions for terms from the fields of Bioinformatics, Biophysics, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, Immunology, Mathematics, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Systems Biology, and Toxicology. There are over 21000 main entries, which include: details of biochemical substances and the processes in which they are involved, methods and concepts in molecular biology, and definitions of biochemical symbols and abbreviations. Each entry is accessibly written. They point out pitfalls where terms are often confused, and explain the precise syntax of biochemical terms such as Greek letters and other formatting, which are invariably lost when searching the Internet. In addition, the dictionary is generously illustrated with over 900 chemical structures. The Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology will serve as an invaluable reference text for student and professional biochemists and molecular biologists seeking information both from within and outside their own fields. It will also be of relevance and use to a broader audience of life scientists seeking an authoritative overview of fundamental principles.
About the Author(s)
Richard Cammack is Professor of Biochemistry at King’s College London. Teresa K Attwood is Professor of Bioinformatics in the Faculty of Life Sciences and School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester J Howard Parish is a Life Fellow at the University of Leeds John L Stirling is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry at King’s College London Francis Vella is Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry at the University of Saskatchewan Canada Peter N Campbell was Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry at the University College London Anthony D Smith is Emeritus Reader in Biochemistry at the University College London
keep handy when you’re trawling through science literature, July 9, 2003
As someone involved in biochemical research, I spend loads of time reading a variety of life science journals. Just keeping up with the latest research is hard enough, but as my areas of interest become ever larger and intermeshed with other disciplines such as medicine and physics, I’ve found myself delving into this book more and more. But the pace of research is also a problem for a book like this, because to remain useful, new editions cannot appear fast enough to keep up with the latest batch of techniques, genes and proteins. Ultimately an Internet version of this book that gets updated on a regular basis would be the most useful. Never the less, once you get in the habit of using this dictionary, you’ll want to keep it nearby when you’re browsing the life science literature. Is this book good value? I think it’s expensive compared to all other books, but well priced for an academic textbook. I find that using this book is still more rapid and direct than browsing the web for the definition of a word I don’t know, and the brief definition given in this book is a good starting point for hunting down more detailed information.