Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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9780198506737: Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Arranged in A-to-Z order, the more than 17,000 entries provide basic information about fundamental, physiochemical laws, chemical compounds, constants, and formulae. The Dictionary also describes the essential features of some 2,000 enzymes and proteins, the reactions they catalyze and the functions they perform. These entries also include filenames to facilitate the location of entries in databases of sequences and definitions of 950 abbreviations and symbols. Designed for students, teachers, researchers and other professionals in any area of the biomedical sciences, the Dictionary has been fully updated anf revised to incorporate new information discovered since the original edition was published in 1997.

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Just as its title suggests, this work is a dictionary of more than 17,000 terms currently in use in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology. Entries are uniformly concise, with entries for the most complex topics (such as protein) covering only about half a page. In a single alphabet, the dictionary includes topics and methods, chemical substances, and brief biographical entries of key scientists. The only illustrations are structure diagrams of the more complex chemical compounds. Appendixes help the reader understand scientific nomenclature and Greek symbols, list organizations and Web sites of interest in the field, and cover current hot topics in biochemistry. Despite its low price (especially for a science reference source), this dictionary is not for every library. Because it will require a significant scientific background to be able to understand the content of this work, it is beyond the reach of the casual reader. Libraries supporting research or college-level study in the field will find it useful, but other libraries will be able to rely on existing chemical and biological reference works to cover this material. For public libraries, the eighth edition of the McGraw Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology [RBB S 15 97] and The Merck Index (12th ed., Merck, 1996), which is an excellent source for information on chemical compounds, will fill most needs.

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" . . . a wealth of useful and interesting information."--SGM Quarterly


"The best conceived and produced specialized scientific dictionary this reviewer has ever seen . . . enthusiastically recommended."--Choice


"A quite useful book . . . can be recommended for one's office or laboratory [and] should certainly be obtained by libraries."--Journal of Medicinal Chemistry


"An invaluable source for biochemists as well [as] other biologists, for teachers and their students . . . has to be on the shelves of each biological laboratory."--Immunological Investigations


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