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Book reviews

Book review: Secreted Proteins

Bacterial Secreted Proteins: Secretory Mechanisms and Role in Pathogenesis
Publisher: Caister Academic Press
Editor: Karl Wooldridge
ISBN: 978-1-904455-42-4

"This collection of expert reviews provided the reader with a detailed insight into the exotic world of secreted proteins and their role in bacterial metabolism and pathogenicity. The text is well referenced throughout with many chapters being especially up to date. There is liberal use of tables and figures are used to illustrate the complex mechanisms described throughout the book. Dr Wooldridge is to be complimented on assembling such a knowledgeable group of lucid authors who review a rapidly advancing and complex field in an easy to read manner." (Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy, August 2009)

from Joni Tillotson and Glenn S Tillotson writing in Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy (August 2009)

Further reading: Bacterial Secreted Proteins: Secretory Mechanisms and Role in Pathogenesis

Book review: Microbial Toxins

Microbial Toxins: Current Research and Future Trends
Publisher: Caister Academic Press
Editor: Thomas Proft
ISBN: 978-1-904455-44-8

"This is a book of reference that comprises unlimited information on microbial toxins! This well crafted book not only provides a general overview of toxins but elucidates in detail recent molecular approaches, achievements and refreshing perspective on the future studies of these molecules. ... Overall, the present book "Microbial Toxins" is an invaluable reference for scientists who devote their time and efforts to dissect many unveiled aspects of toxins. This is a book of reference to learn more about the molecular mechanisms employed by pathogenic microbes to survive and evade immunosurveillance of the host." (Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy, August 2009)

from Mansour Mohamadzadeh, Northwestern University, Illinois, USA in Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy (August 2009)

Further reading: Microbial Toxins: Current Research and Future Trends

Mycobacterium book review

Mycobacterium: Genomics and Molecular Biology

Publisher: Caister Academic Press
Editors: Tanya Parish and Amanda Brown
ISBN: 978-1-904455-40-0
"a select collection of reviews of mycobacterial 'hot topics' written by leaders in the respective fields. Each chapter is a thorough treatment of the topic, summarizing current understanding and highlighting gaps in knowledge. ... an excellent introduction to the topics covered and will be valuable for all mycobacteriologists." review from Microbiology Today

Further reading: Mycobacterium: Genomics and Molecular Biology

Clostridia book review

Clostridia: Molecular Biology in the Post-genomic Era

Publisher: Caister Academic Press
Editors: Holger Bruggemann and Gerhard Gottschalk
ISBN: 978-1-904455-38-7
"written by a team of acknowledged experts in the field. They cover topical areas of clostridial research from basic molecular genetics to molecular epidemiology, from toxin regulation to applications in therapy and biotechnology. ... a useful collection of reviews all under the one cover" review from Microbiology Today

Further reading: Clostridia: Molecular Biology in the Post-genomic Era

Quantitative PCR book

Real-Time PCR: Current Technology and Applications

Publisher: Caister Academic Press
Editors: Julie Logan, Kirstin Edwards and Nick Saunders
ISBN: 978-1-904455-39-4
"provides a dual focus by aiming, in the early chapters, to provide both the theory and practicalities of this diverse and superficially simple technology, counter-balancing this in the later chapters with real-world applications, covering infectious diseases, biodefence, molecular haplotyping and food standards." from Microbiology Today

"a reference work that should be found both in university libraries and on the shelves of experienced applications specialists." review from Microbiology Today

Further reading: Real-Time PCR

Acanthamoeba review

from Fiona L. Henriquez (University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, UK) writing in Parasites and Vectors (2009) 2: 16

There is an increasing interest and awareness of the free-living amoeba, Acanthamoeba, over recent years as an opportunistic pathogen of medical importance. The publication of this book is a timely reflection of this current situation. The author is to be congratulated on the provision of such a comprehensive review of the literature concerning all aspects of Acanthamoeba research. The intention of the author was to provide an essential reference for researchers of infectious diseases. This is achieved and in addition, this book should also be beneficial to students at the university level with a specific interest in microbiology.

This book is certainly a 'must read' for all scientists interested in medical and environmental microbiology. It is a very convincing overview and foundation of what is already known about Acanthamoeba, but the literature is constantly progressing rapidly and new information is arising about this, until recently, understudied organism.

Further reading: Acanthamoeba: Biology and Pathogenesis

Book reviews

The following are excerpts from book reviews published recently by the Society for General Microbiology:

Pathogenic Fungi: Insights in Molecular Biology
Publisher: Caister Academic Press
Edited by: Gioconda San-Blas and Richard A. Calderone
ISBN: 978-1-904455-32-5
" ... information of interest to a broad range of microbiologists/mycologists ... a comprehensive overview of a number of rapidly evolving fields in molecular medical mycology. Overall, the book will provide a valuable resource for clinical research laboratories." from Microbiology Today (2009) ... read more

Vibrio cholerae: Genomics and Molecular Biology
Publisher: Caister Academic Press
Edited by: Shah M. Faruque and G. Balakrish Nair
ISBN: 978-1-904455-33-2
"The Editors have recruited leading researchers on cholera biology and therefore the content is up-to-date and authoritative. The reviews are generally useful, timely and well-written ... Would I buy this book? Yes ... " from Microbiology Today (2009) 36: 62. ... read more

Pasteurellaceae: Biology, Genomics and Molecular Aspects
Publisher: Caister Academic Press
Edited by: Peter Kuhnert and Henrik Christensen
ISBN: 978-1-904455-34-9
"The book covers a broad remit with its field ... well-written and covering the various areas very well" from Microbiology Today (2009) ... read more

Helicobacter pylori: Molecular Genetics and Cellular Biology
Publisher: Caister Academic Press
Edited by: Yoshio Yamaoka
ISBN: 978-1-904455-31-8
"This book describes in excellent detail the molecular and genetic strategies used by the bacterium to survive and maintain chronic colonization in the harsh acidic environment of the human stomach ... a really useful, interesting and informative resource." from Microbiology Today (2009) ... read more

Microbial Production of Biopolymers and Polymer Precursors: Applications and Perspectives
Publisher: Caister Academic Press
Editor: Bernd H. A. Rehm
ISBN: 978-1-904455-36-3
"a useful library or laboratory reference book for microbiologists new to or working in this field it is to be recommended" from Microbiology Today (2009) ... read more

Plant Pathogenic Bacteria: Genomics and Molecular Biology
Publisher: Caister Academic Press
Editor: Robert W. Jackson
ISBN: 978-1-904455-37-0
"a timely book that is a good reference text appropriate for institutional libraries and, particularly, for researchers working on the molecular biology of bacterial phytopathogens. It is an expert and readable collection of chapters on cutting edge issues ... The book would be an excellent starting point for non-expert readers looking for a fast track route into molecular aspects of bacterial plant pathogens." from Microbiology Today (2009) ... read more

Plasmids book review

Plasmids: Current Research and Future Trends

"The editor presents eight reviews dealing with major areas in the research of plasmids. Each chapter ends with comprehensive references. Specialists as well as students receive an overview of the state of the art in plasmid research and receive ideas for progressing in their own research and education. ... All in all, this book written by leading practitioners in their specialty areas, is a core reference for students and research scientists in molecular biology and microbiology."

from Barbel Kiesel (Leipzig) in Eng. Life Sci. 2008, 8(4): 448

Further reading: Plasmids: Current Research and Future Trends

Archaea book review

Archaea: New Models for Prokaryotic Biology

"This book compiles the essentials of archaea physiology and genetics ... and thus complements general textbooks on prokaryotic biology. ... Each chapter is concisely written and reviews the relevant up-to-date literature. A lot of information is given ... The book is highly recommended to researchers and lecturers in the field of microbiology as well as for academic libraries in life sciences."

from Sabine Kleinsteuber (Leipzig) in Eng. Life Sci. 2008, 8(4): 447-448

Further reading: Archaea: New Models for Prokaryotic Biology

Probiotic book review

from Jens Walter (University of Nebraska) in Biotechnology Journal

"... an interesting blend of fundamental and applied topics relevant to the use of these important organisms in research and industry. Fundamental aspects covered in the book are taxonomy, metabolism, stress response, genomics, and surface proteins of lactobacilli. Also included are chapters on applications of Lactobacillus strains and their potential as probiotics in the treatment of diseases such as cancer or urinary tract infections.

... contributions from respected international scientists, many of which are leaders in their respective fields, this book constitutes an authoritative resource about both fundamental research and applications of lactobacilli. ... essential and up to date information for anyone interested in the biology of lactobacilli. The book will clearly be of interest to microbiologists, nutritionists, food scientists, and medical practitioners alike, and it is a valuable contribution to the probiotic literature."

Further reading: Lactobacillus

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Pasteurella book review

from Saraswathi Lanka (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine) writing in "Doodys Reviews":
"This broad overview of many aspects of the family Pasteurellaceae provides excellent coverage of the current status of taxonomy and phylogeny of this diverse group of bacteria. ... This is a much needed information resource for researchers. ... This is a rich source of information and provides well balanced coverage of relevant topics. It is a comprehensive guide that provides critical insight into the current understanding of molecular and genomic aspects of Pasteurellaceae" ... read more

Pasteurellaceae: Biology, Genomics and Molecular Aspects
Publisher: Caister Academic Press
Edited by: Peter Kuhnert and Henrik Christensen
Publication date: 2008
ISBN: 978-1-904455-34-9

Oral Microbiology book review

"All of the chapters are well written, up to date and thoroughly referenced. There is also an extensive index. The book deals with the subject areas in depth and provides a wealth of information for the reader. It will be an important text for any clinician or researcher with an interest in oral microbiology." from Adam Roberts, UCL Eastman Dental Institute writting in the "ACM News" (2008) Issue 2: p18.

Molecular Oral Microbiology
Publisher: Caister Academic Press
Edited by: Anthony H. Rogers
Publication date: February 2008
ISBN: 978-1-904455-24-0

Further reading: Oral Microbiology

Legionella book review

"The book is up to date and extensively referenced. The editors have sought contributions from renowned researchers in this field and the book would be a valuable source of information for scientists entering this field." from Heather Aird, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust writting in the "ACM News" (2008) Issue 2: p17.

Legionella: Molecular Microbiology
Publisher: Caister Academic Press
Edited by: Klaus Heuner and Michele Swanson
Publication date: March 2008
ISBN: 978-1-904455-26-4

Further reading: Legionella

Staphylococcus book review

"... the contents of this book will appeal to the many researchers and clinicians interested in the molecular genetics of this interesting group of bacteria. ... This book is easy to read and well referenced and should appeal to those researchers and clinical staff working in this interesting field." from Derren Ready, Eastman Dental Hospital, UCLH NHS Foundation Trust writting in the "ACM News" (2008) Issue 2: p19.

Staphylococcus: Molecular Genetics
Publisher: Caister Academic Press
Edited by: Jodi Lindsay
Publication date: May 2008
ISBN: 978-1-904455-29-5
http://www.horizonpress.com/staph

Further reading: Staphylococcus

Applications of Real-Time PCR in Clinical Microbiology

One of the most important recent innovations in Clinical Microbiology is the introduction of molecular methods for the diagnosis of microbial infection. The use of real-time PCR assays in the clinical microbiology laboratory has led to significant improvements in the diagnosis of infectious disease. Real-time PCR is particularly useful for the detection of slow growing or difficult to grow
infectious agents and also for the quantitation of specific organisms in samples.

Andrew Sails has written a comprehensive review on the clinical applications of Real-Time PCR in the clinical microbiology laboratory. A recently published book review described his chapter as follows: "The most comprehensive chapter is Chapter 13 Application in Clinical Microbiology, in which large numbers of microorganisms are mentioned that can be readily identified by RT-PCR." Read more of this book review at Curr. Iss. Mol. Biol.

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Legionella book review

Writing in a recent issue of "Microbiology Today", Norman Fry of the Health Protection Agency, UK reviews a book on Legionella published by Caister Academic Press:

"The first three chapters of this book provide general introductions to the field. The excellent opening chapter on history and clinical findings provides comprehensive and fascinating insights into LD ... (other chapters) describe in detail the unique nature of legionella as intracellular parasite, its ability to infect macrophages and its extracellular lifestyle. There are also comprehensive reviews on the flagellar system, genomics, secretion, export, survival mechanisms including Dot/Icm, nutrient acquisition and assimilation strategies and the use of L. pneumophila as a model organism. Overall the book is good series of expert reviews ... providing a useful state-of-the-art reference"

Legionella: Molecular Microbiology
Publisher: Caister Academic Press
Edited by: Klaus Heuner and Michele Swanson
Publication date: March 2008
ISBN: 978-1-904455-26-4
Price: GB 150 or US 0 (hardback).
Pages: x + 249 + colour plate

Further reading: Legionella: Molecular Microbiology

Plant Bacteria book review

Writting in the latest issue of the ISPP Newsletter published by the International Society for Plant Pathology, Chris Hayward describes the new book on Plant Pathogenic Bacteria from Caister Academic Press as:

"... comprehensive in coverage ... This book is a timely addition to the literature in a rapidly expanding field which provides ample evidence of hypothesis testing on a broad front."

Further reading: Plant Pathogenic Bacteria: Genomics and Molecular Biology

Legionella book review

Writing in a recent issue of "Legionella Enews", Matt Freije reviews a book on Legionella published by Caister Academic Press:

"This book is a must for microbiologists involved with Legionella ... it will make a nice addition to the library of anyone professionally involved with Legionnaires' disease and Legionella bacteria."

Legionella: Molecular Microbiology
Publisher: Caister Academic Press
Edited by: Klaus Heuner and Michele Swanson
Publication date: March 2008
ISBN: 978-1-904455-26-4
Price: GB 150 or US 0 (hardback).
Pages: x + 249 + colour plate

Further reading: Legionella: Molecular Microbiology

Regulation of Gene Expression

RNA and the Regulation of Gene Expression
"This book is a well-selected compilation of 14 mostly review-style articles, written by experts in the field ... a well-written, successful endeavour to present the field of eukaryal RNA-mediated regulation of gene expression. It has its major strength in providing an extremely well structured, up-to-date, comprehensive overview that skillfully zooms the reader into each topic from a general introduction to a high degree of detail ... suited for a broad range of readers, from advanced students to researchers in the field. Personally, we very much enjoyed reading it."
from D. K. Willkomm and R. K. Hartmann, Universitat Marburg, Germany in ChemBioChem (2008) 9: 2005-2007

Further reading: RNA and the Regulation of Gene Expression
Edited by: Kevin V. Morris. 
ISBN: 978-1-904455-25-7

Pathogenic Fungi book review

Writing in the journal Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy, Steven Bates of the University of Exeter, UK, reviews a new book on Pathogenic Fungi published by Caister Academic Press. His comments include:

"The book Pathogenic Fungi: Insights in Molecular Biology, edited by Gioconda San-Blas and Richard A. Calderone, is a natural extension of the two volume set previously published in 2004 (Pathogenic Fungi: Structural Biology and Taxonomy, and Host Interactions and Emerging Strategies of Control). The current volume extends on the previous two by detailing some of the major advances that have been made in recent years through the application of 'omics' technologies and the generation of new molecular tools. The application of these technologies has resulted in a significant increase in the published research on pathogenic fungi, and this book provides a timely survey of key topics that have been advanced through their use ... The book clearly meets the stated aim of the editors 'to help the busy research scientist and/or teacher of medical mycology to keep abreast of all the latest advances'. Overall the book provides essential reading covering the recent advances, utilising molecular biology approaches, to further our understanding of fungal pathogens of humans. Despite the high price it would be a valuable addition to collections, and recommended reading for those with an interest in the molecular biology of human pathogenic fungi."
For full details please visit Pathogenic Fungi: Insights in Molecular Biology

Plasmid book review

Writing in the journal Microbiology Today (Society for General Microbiology, UK), Andrew Spiers of the University of Abertay, UK, reviews a new book on Plasmids published by Caister Academic Press. His comments include:

"the very useful guide to bioinformatics (J.E. Grant & P. Stothard), an in-depth description of the molecular machinery of DNA translocation (S. Russi et al.) and a thoroughly excellent discussion of HGT (M. Sota & E.M. Top)"
For full details please visit Plasmids: Current Research and Future Trends

Corynebacterium book review

Writing in the journal Microbiology Today (Society for General Microbiology, UK), Paul Hoskisson of the University of Strathclyde, UK, reviews a new book on Corynebacteria published by Caister Academic Press:

"it is not surprising that this book has followed the Handbook of Corynebacterium glutamicum (2005, Eggling & Bott, eds). Obviously there is some overlap in these volumes; however, this one is updated and brings in information relevant to other Corynebacteria ... There is a chapter on plasmids and promoters and their applications that researchers will find very useful in a practical sense ... researchers in the field with find this a useful and up to date addition to their library."
For full details please visit Corynebacteria: Genomics and Molecular Biology

RNA book review

Writing in the journal Microbiology Today (Society for General Microbiology, UK), John McCarthy of the University of Manchester, UK, reviews a new book on RNA and the Regulation of Gene Expression published by Caister Academic Press:

"the contributions in this book do provide informative and well-structured overviews of current understanding of the roles of non-coding RNAs, short interfering RNAs, microRNAs and retrotransposons in eukaryotic organisms ... cutting edge studies on the potential role of RNA species in the epigenetic regulation of gene expression and on the existence of previously unidentified classes of intergenic and intronic short regulatory RNAs (pyknons) ... a useful purchase for specialist workers in the field as well as for many institutional libraries."
For full details please visit RNA and the Regulation of Gene Expression

Staphylococcus book review

Writing in the journal Microbiology Today (Society for General Microbiology, UK), Madeline Stone & Kathy Bamford from the Imperial College London, UK, review a new book on Staphylococcus published by Caister Academic Press:

"This is an incredibly useful book for anyone with in interest in staphylococci. It provides a broad and in-depth synopsis of up-to-date staphylococcal research. This book is very well suited to its target audiences, researchers who are relatively new to the field and also as a suitable reference for those with greater experience. The first five chapters are particularly informative, providing an excellent overview of the staphylococcal sequencing projects, population structure and evolution of S. aureus, as well as analysis of the methods used ... The chapter on 'Global regulators of Staphylococcus aureus virulence genes' is excellent ... this chapter provides a thorough review of the literature ... We hope that this book will be regularly reviewed and updated in line with this rapidly expanding field."
For full details please visit Staphylococcus: Molecular Genetics

Leishmania book review

Writing in the journal Microbiology Today (Society for General Microbiology, UK), Simon L. Croft of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, reviews a new book on Leishmania published by Caister Academic Press:

"The volume is up-to-date; the genome was published in 2005 and the most recent references in the book were published in 2007. There is a richness of information - chapters on gene regulation and the metabolome are particularly engaging ... Let us enjoy a volume that provides a valuable overview of the molecular biology and biochemistry of these fascinating parasites, their metabolic pathways, differentiation process, and their surface molecules"
For full details please visit Leishmania: After The Genome

Archaea book review

Writing in the journal Microbiology Today (Society for General Microbiology, UK), Edward Bolt of the University of Nottingham, UK, reviews a new book on Archaea published by Caister Academic Press:

"I particularly enjoyed a review on signal transduction in archaea, which captures the frontiersman spirit of some research into Archaea ... The chapter on DNA replication holds it own against several recent review articles in journals ... The book is timely and the publishers promise a 'state-of-the-art overview of Archaea'. In this it mostly works, and its slimness (246 pages) reflects a concise and mostly well-referenced style ... it conveys plenty of the novelty and oddity in Archaea that captures the imagination of students, researchers and PIs."
For full details please visit Archaea: New Models for Prokaryotic Biology

Acinetobacter book review

Writing in the journal International Microbiology, Mercedes Berlanga of the University of Barcelona, Spain, describes a new book on Acinetobacter published by Caister Academic Press as a "useful book ... especially recommended for advanced students in the field, senior researchers, and physicians". She continues to suggest that "all microbiologists will find in the book an exceptional opportunity to extend their understanding of an unusual and unique microbial group."

Other reviewers have also heaped praise on this book, edited by Ulrike Gerischer of the University of Ulm, Germany. It is pleasing that a major new review of Acetinobacter research has been received in such a positive manner by the scientific community. This book will be a major resource for many years to come.

For full details of this book please visit Acinetobacter Molecular Biology

Treponema book review

from Gerard Carter in Aus. J. Med. Sci. (2008) 29: 63-64

Pathogenic Treponema, edited by Radolf and Lukehart, is a comprehensive update of the current state of knowledge of the Treponemes and other spirochaetes ... Thirty five scientists who specialise in molecular biology, epidemiology, entomology and microbiology have pooled their findings of their more recent research efforts to produce an up-to-date account of Treponemal biology ... This hardback text is sturdily bound (less and less common these days) and beautifully printed on very high quality paper. It will make a welcome and useful addition to the libraries of any microbiological research laboratory and pathology establishment.

Further reading: Pathogenic Treponema

Microbiology book reviews

A number of book reviews on microbiology books have been published recently. Extracts provided below:

BACILLUS: CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
"The quality of the chapters is uniformly high. Together they provide a review of significant progress toward a better and deeper understanding of the physical structure and molecular biological organization and function in Bacillus subtilis. As a consequence, a truly intimate grasp of this bacterium is achieved." from The Quarterly Review of Biology
Further information: BACILLUS

REAL-TIME PCR IN MICROBIOLOGY: FROM DIAGNOSIS TO CHARACTERIZATION
"... enjoyable and easy to read ... well-referenced and provide an easy to follow explanation, especially the chapter on fluorogenic chemistry which also has clear illustrations. The table of design rules for oligonucleotide and probes provided a good summary in an easy-to-read format. ... an interesting insight into the thoughts of the current leaders in their fields. This book shows what a versatile and sensitive tool real-time PCR can be and the many uses it can be put too. In my opinion this book would be useful for the novice because of the background information it provides." from Microbiology Today
Further information: REAL-TIME PCR

PSEUDOMONAS: GENOMICS AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
"... the contribution by Fajardo & Martinez on antibiotic resistance provides a wealth of background information on this clinically relevant topic ... the contributions by Haussler and Klockgether et al. give insight into recent progress made in the areas of small colony variants and genome diversity of P. aeruginosa, respectively. Three other chapters provide useful complementary information ... Institutions with an interest in Pseudomonas research should consider acquiring this book." from Microbiology Today
Further information: PSEUDOMONAS

MOLECULAR ORAL MICROBIOLOGY
"... a broad and comprehensive text covering the molecular aspects of dental caries and periodontal disease. Accompanying each of the fully referenced chapters are detailed illustrations and the inclusion of high-quality colour equivalents of these figures at the end of the book is welcome. ... of value to all microbiologists with an interest in molecular microbiology ... excellent overview of current methodologies ... appeal to dental undergraduates and postgraduates." from Microbiology Today
Further information: ORAL MICROBIOLOGY

EPIGENETICS
"... a significant collection of articles, relating to various aspects of epigenetics. The text is clear and concise and all reports include accurate data and figures. ... will assist researchers in the field and provides an important introductory reference for scientists that want to embark on such research. It is highly recommended for personal and institutional purchase." from Microbiology Today
Further information: EPIGENETICS

Bacillus subtilis book review

The Quarterly Review of Biology (2008, 83:117) has published a very positive review of a recent book Bacillus: Cellular and Molecular Biology. An extract follows:

"The quality of the chapters is uniformly high. Together they provide a review of significant progress toward a better and deeper understanding of the physical structure and molecular biological organization and function in Bacillus subtilis. As a consequence, a truly intimate grasp of this bacterium is achieved"

Further reading: Bacillus: Cellular and Molecular Biology

Staphylococcus book review

The Journal of Microbiological Mehods (2008) has published a review of the new Staphylococcus book. An extract is provided below:

Whereas previous books on the molecular biology of the opportunistic human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus used to cover the classical methodologies the timely book by Lindsay et al includes chapters on whole genome sequences, array technologies, the staphylococcal population structure, transciptomics and rapid diagnosis in addition to the more traditional chapters on mobile genetic elements, genetic manipulation, regulation, resistance and environmentally induced responses. This renders the book unique in its kind and as complete as one should expect a modern book on bacterial molecular genetics to be. ...

From the positive perspective: this is a book suitable for both starting and experienced staphylococcal researchers. It is both a referral handbook as explicated by some of the chapters and an adequate introductory text in others. The mixture between "hard-core science" and clinical application also is a balanced one ... the book by Lindsay et al deserves a prominent spot in the personal library of all staphylococcologists!!

Further reading: Staphylococcus: Molecular Genetics

Leishmania book review

The journal "Parasites and Vectors" (2008 1: 11) has recently published a review of the new book Leishmania: After The Genome. Here are some extracts from the review:

" ...a mandatory text for PhD students ... the editors have done well in securing high quality contributions from most of the top leishmaniasis research laboratories in the world. The composition of the text is essentially an expert set of contemporary reviews which give a snapshot of research as it stands now, shortly after completion of the Leishmania genome. Many of the reviews have annotated large data sets into comprehensive tables and information-rich diagrams, which confirm its utility as a reference text ... "

Further reading: Leishmania: After The Genome

Microbial Biodegradation book review

Interest in the microbial biodegradation of pollutants has intensified in recent years as mankind endeavors to find sustainable ways to cleanup contaminated environments. Uta Breuer (Leipzig) has written a review (Eng. Life Sci. 2008: 8, 81-82) of a recent book on this topic:

"This book is very clearly written with an abundance of information on Microbial Biodegradation from the point of view of a microbial molecular biologist. Therefore this book is strongly recommended for scientists working in the field of microbial degradation and bioremediation and certainly of general interest for environmental microbiologists. It should be made available in all libraries at universities, research institutes and industry, and is further strongly recommended to all those who are interested in life sciences."

Further information: Microbial Biodegradation: Genomics and Molecular Biology

Coronavirus book review

from Future Virol. (2008) 3(2): 119-123.

"The book entitled Coronaviruses: Molecular and Cellular Biology presents a comprehensive review of the field of coronavirus virology. The contributors to the book are many of the experts in coronavirus virology. The contents of the book are particularly useful for those wishing to conduct research on coronaviruses because most of the authors include in their summary or conclusion paragraphs a number of key questions or problems for which research needs to be carried out to further the understanding of coronaviruses and how to treat the infections they cause. Most of the figures are very useful in helping the reader understand the narratives provided by the authors. The few tables provided are excellent in summarizing information ...

recommended for those who want to quickly be brought up to date on coronavirus research or who want to know what research questions remain to be answered in the field of coronavirus virology."

Further reading: Coronaviruses: Molecular and Cellular Biology